By Gbenga Oke
THE Director-General, DG, of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, has pleaded with Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, not to relocate its corporate headquarters from Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
Peterside’s appeal came as the Rivers State Government, Wednesday, through its Attorney-General, Mr. Emmanuel Aguma, petitioned the Senate over the “planned relocation” of SPDC headquarters from Port Harcourt to Lagos State.
Reacting to the planned relocation of Shell, Peterside said: “If the petition of Rivers State Government against Shell is true, then it portends grave consequences for the state that has been embroiled in all manner of needless controversies due to reckless statements and actions of Governor Nyesom Wike who seems not to know what governance is about. It took political brinksmanship to bring SPDC headquarters to Rivers State and I admonish the Anglo-Dutch oil giant to have a rethink about the planned relocation of its head office to Lagos as the Federal Government is making concerted efforts to tame insecurity in the state.
“For long, we warned Governor Wike that his utterances and actions were drawing the state backward. We admonished him to rise to the level of statesmanship and govern the state like a man ready for the job. His actions have fuelled unnecessary tension in the state, with many people killed.”