Port Harcourt — Leading oil company Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, TEPNG, has sought the support and cooperation of the Rivers State Government towards addressing the challenges faced in offshore operations.
Executive General Manager of TEPNG, Port Harcourt District, Godwin Barika, sought the support at the Government House, Port Harcourt when the company made further presentation to support the State Government’s fight against the spread of corona virus.
Barika assured that TOTAL will continue to support the Rivers State Government to defeat COVID-19.
According to him, “This is where we work. This is where our facilities are and we will continue to be here to join forces in ensuring that the economy of this state grows.
“We came to show that support. We also came to make requests for what we will require to ensure that our operations continue.
“We also want to be very sure that if we have challenges offshore, we are able to take care of such challenges. He has signed several approvals for us and we are very grateful.
“Even after COVID-19, we will continue to relate with the Rivers State Government to ensuring that the economy of this state grows.”
Barika also commended Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for his proactive approach towards tackling the corona virus pandemic, saying that the country would have had reduced cases if everyone acted like Governor Wike.
“We want to thank the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. He has been very exemplary. We have joined forces with him because he is wonderful and proactive.
“He saw ahead. If every other state did what he has done, we would have had reduced number of cases. We thank you. We support you. We have also given what we think can support the State because we believe in the state.”
Responding, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike commended the management of TEPNG for their support in the fight against coronavirus.
“On behalf of the Government and People of Rivers State, I commend Total E and P for supporting the state Government as regards the fight against coronavirus.
“You have shown that you care for the lives of those who work with you and Rivers people.”
Governor Wike said that this was the period the State Government requires the support of organisations and people, adding that the relationship should continue well after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is the period you require the support of people . We believe that this relationship will continue. Not after COVID-19, nobody will see you.
“Try as much as you can to carry out your corporate social responsibility in the communities where you operate. That gives you peace and good relationship with the communities.”