Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the State Government will support the Train 7 project of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited because of its potential to create about 15000 jobs and enhance the economy of the state.

Governor Wike said that Rivers people are happy that the Train 7 of the NLNG will  soon come on stream,  because  it is key to the growth of the state.

Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike receiving a souvenir from the Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited,  Tony Attah at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday 

He spoke  at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday during  a Courtesy Visit by the Management of the NLNG.

He said: “The Train 7 is very key to the development of Rivers State.  We are glad that it will  soon take off. I am happy  with  the  quantum of jobs that the train 7 will create in the State.

“However, these jobs  should not  be  cleaners and unskilled workers.  I want the NLNG  to ensure that qualified  Rivers people are employed  when the Train 7 comes on stream”.

The Governor  stated that the Government and people of Rivers State will support  the successful  take off of the Train 7.

He commended  the management of the NLNG for  initiating the Community  Health Insurance Scheme for Bonny Island,  saying that the State Government  will partner  with the company  to achieve the objectives  of the programme.

On the project  initiated  by the NLNG  to supply cooking gas directly  to Rivers State,  instead of passing through Lagos, Governor Wike assured that the State Government will dredge the Iwofe waterway  for that purpose.

“I will only support  companies  that mean well for the people of Rivers State.  My business  is to do good for our people, so that their lives can improve.

“Other companies  should emulate what NLNG  is  doing in Rivers State.  On behalf  of the people of Rivers State,  I commend  the NLNG “, he said.

Governor Wike also commended the NLNG for  establishing  their headquarters in Rivers State and also working to eradicate malaria.

Earlier,  the Managing Director of NLNG,  Tony Attah prayed that the second  term  of Governor Wike will be more rewarding  for the people of Rivers State. He thanked Governor Wike for his contribution to the development of NLNG Limited.

He stated that the NLNG  is set to kick off the Train 7 of the company,  where the company  is expected to spend between  $6 billion  and $7 billion USD by way of investment.

“The employment side of the Train 7 is that it will create about 10 to 15 thousand jobs for the people of the state. It will build the skills and  capacity of the people.

“The final investment decision will be taken in October “.

Attah informed that the NLNG  has worked out the modalities to ensure  that cooking  gas is delivered to Rivers State , instead of being routed through  Lagos. He appealed  to the Rivers State Governor to assist in realising  the project by dredging the Iwofe waterway.

He commended  Governor Wike for promoting  security  in the state, which has created the right  environment  for investment.

“I must commend your efforts in keeping  the state safe. We thank you for supporting and building security,  which has given us the confidence to invest in the state. The Train 7 is a game changer “, he said.

He briefed Governor Wike on the investments in community health  insurance scheme, power supply to Bonny and the eradication of Malaria in  Bonny.

Simeon Nwakaudu,

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor,  Electronic Media. 

19th June, 2019.


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