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Rivers State Government To Sanction Companies That Patronize Cultists

Daniel Efe/Port Harcourt


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.


Governor Wike called on the French Embassy  to take steps to ensure  that Air France returns to Port Harcourt.  He said the state government is prepared to support the airline through relevant policies.


He urged  the management of Air France to reconsider  their action and return  to Port Harcourt.


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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.


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