Port Harcourt — Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has tasked the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited, PHRC, to rehabilitate the access road leading to their operational base.
Governor Wike also urged companies operating in the state to build strategic partnership with the government to promote development and ensure business activities thrive in the interest of the organisations and Rivers people.
The governor spoke recently during a courtesy visit by the Managing Director of PHRC, Engr. Ahmed Dikko, noting that there are many areas of mutual interests that could be explored in the state that remains the headquarters of the hydrocarbon in the country.
According to him, “Each time I go to Okrika and get to the refinery, I get uncomfortable. You have such a multibillion naira company, yet the road leading to your establishment is very bad.
“Why is it that nobody has bothered. Is it because it is in Port Harcourt. Would anybody had agreed if it were in another state?
“Now that you are budgeting to rehabilitate the refinery, you should include the road”.
The governor also berated the Port Harcourt refinery for not supporting the Rivers State Government in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“During the pandemic lockdown, all I saw were requests. You asked for approval for the movement of your products. You did not support the government to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now you want government to help you to stop land encroachment but you will not support us. However, as a government, we shall continue to carry out our social contract with the people by supporting corporate organisations to carry out their legitimate businesses,” the governor said.