Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said oil workers account for 60 percent of the COVID-19 cases in the state.
Wike who gave the disclosure on Wednesday when he received the management of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited during a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt, said he has no issues with oil workers in the state but oil companies should notify the government whenever they are bringing workers from outside the state so that health officials can monitor them.
“It is not in anybody’s interest to deny people to carry out their official duties. Oil is the mainstay of the economy of Nigeria and without it, we that are in this part of the country will find it difficult to function.
“My concern is that companies should always notify the government of workers they are bringing into the state so that our health officials can monitor them.
“So, all that we are saying is that we should work together. But people bring in politics that Rivers State is difficult, they don’t want any oil exploration, that is because people want to play politics.
“People say we don’t want foodstuff and livestock to come into the state. That is not correct. What we are saying is that human beings should not be hidden with these items,” Wike stated.
The governor commended Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited for their support to the state government in its fight against COVID-19, adding that it is his duty to protect lives of residents of the state.