Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has ordered Local Government Area Chairmen to destroy all identified illegal crude oil bunkering and artisanal refinery sites in their areas.
He compelled the Chairmen to hire bulldozers and other required equipment to carry out the operation.
The Governor also asked the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Compol Eboka, Friday to provide adequate security for the Local Government Area Chairmen as they embark on the mass destruction of illegal refinery sites across the State.
Governor Wike gave the order on Wednesday during a meeting with the 23 Local Government Area Chairmen, the State Commissioner of Police and the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC) at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
“I will not relent in this fight. And all of you should hire bulldozers. All those areas where the illegal refinery sites are in the bush, in the creek, clear the place. Government will give you some money to go and hire bulldozers to go and clear the sites so that they will know we are serious.
“One thing I want to say and which is very clear, and like everybody knows, I am not against anybody making money. But, we cannot allow people to make money while others are dying.
“You know, in Nigeria, we don’t believe that anything can happen. We don’t take the government serious, but in our own case, they have no choice; they’ll take us serious. ”
It will be recalled that on Friday, January 14, 2022, Governor Wike had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the 23 Local Government Area Chairmen to provide him with a comprehensive list of all illegal refinery sites and their operators within their respective jurisdictions.