Rivers Govt Pledges support for NLNG’s Train 7
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the state government will support the Train 7 project of the Nigerian LNG Limited because of its potential to create about 15,000 jobs and enhance the economy of the state.
Wike said that Rivers people were happy that the project would soon come on stream because it was significant to the growth of the state.
The governor spoke at the Government House in 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.”
Wike stated that the state government and people would support the successful take-off of the project.
He commended the management of the NLNG for initiating the Community Health Insurance Scheme for Bonny Island, saying that the state government would 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, the governor assured the firm that the state government would dredge the Iwofe waterway for that purpose.
He also commended the NLNG for establishing their headquarters in the state and also working to eradicate malaria.
Earlier, the Managing Director, NLNG, Tony Attah, prayed that Wike’s second term would be more rewarding for the people of Rivers State, even as he thanked the governor for his contribution to the development of NLNG Limited.
He stated that the NLNG was set to kick off the Train 7 project, with the company expected to spend between $6bn and $7bn 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 added.