As the state government continues to pile up heat against cultist gangs and criminality in the state to improving its security across the state, Rivers State Government will henceforth sanction any company that awards surveillance jobs to cultists.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike made this known during a Courtesy Visit by the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mr. Jerome Pasquier at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Governor Wike said that before such surveillance jobs are awarded, the companies should inform the State Government for proper scrutiny of the beneficiaries.
“Companies encourage cultists by giving them surveillance jobs. We must know those doing these surveillance jobs.
“When you empower them, they have more money to acquire arms. Any company that gives surveillance jobs to cultists will be sanctioned”.
He appealed to the French Ambassador to prevail on the authorities not to politicise the security of the country.
He urged the management of Air France to reconsider their action and return to Port Harcourt.
The Governor said that his Administration will continue to work towards enhancing a fruitful relationship with the French Government.
Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mr. Jerome Pasquier noted that there is a major French Presence in Rivers State through the operations of Total and other professionals. He said that the embassy will continue to work towards greater French Presence in the State.
He said that the Embassy is working to persuade more French investors to come to Nigeria, especially Rivers State.