By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has expressed the belief that the disputed oil wells between Rivers and Bayelsa belong to his state, urging the Surveyor-General of the Federation to resolve the boundary dispute so the matter can be rested.
Speaking at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, when he played host to the Forum of Surveyor-General of States, the governor said the sense of brotherhood between the two states had ensured that the dispute did not get out of hand.
He said: “I call on the Surveyor-General of the Federation to help in resolving the dispute between Rivers State and Bayelsa State. We believe that the oil wells belong to us.
“We are brothers and there is no need for this conflict to linger. Imagine if it was between two states with no relationship, it would have been worse.”
Earlier, Chairman of the Forum of Surveyors-General of States, Michael Abiodun, commended the governor for the progress recorded in the state so far, adding that government “acquired satellite and aerial imagery of the entire state to enhance development.”
Surveyor-General of the Federation, Ebisintei Awudu, who also spoke, hailed the development strides in the state, urging the state government to digitise the Rivers State Surveyor-General’s office to enhance revenue generation.