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The Governor of Nigerias Rivers State, Mr. Celestine Omehia, Monday expressed concern over Shell Petroleum Development Companys planned relocation

Posted by African Press International on June 12, 2007

Lagos (Nigeria) The Governor of Nigerias Rivers State, Mr.Celestine Omehia, Monday expressed concern over Shell Petroleum Development Companys planned relocation of its headquarters from Port Harcourt to Lagos.

Addressing a stakeholders meeting in Port Harcourt, about 600km from Abuja, Omehia said that the development was another evidence of the dangerous dimension, the activities of militants and hostage taking had assumed in the area.

He cautioned that “if Shell, a major oil company in Nigeria pulls out of Rivers, other subsidiary companies which have relationship with it will also pull out.

The governor warned that the consequences of such pullout would worsen unemployment, poverty and hunger in the state and impinge on economic growth.

Omehia appealed to the people to assist the state government with information that could help to stem the scourge of hostage taking in the state.

He commended the people of Eleme, who protested last week over the kidnapping of workers of Eleme Petrochemicals company (Indorama).

“This is the first time the people are openly demonstrating their disapproval of the kidnap menace, Omehia, whose mother was a recent victim, said.

“The kidnappers appear to be operating for selfish reasons rather than fighting the Niger Delta cause.

Omehia warned that his administration would not spare anyone involved in the act.

Shell, which is the leading oil and gas producer in Nigeria, moved its headquarters from Lagos to Port Harcourt a few years back for logistic reasons since Port Harcourt was nearer to its operational area.

 

Published by African Press in Norway (APN)/ African Press International (API) Source.Apa

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