The Rivers State Government has encouraged the International Oil Companies to be particularly attentive to the socio-economic development of host communities.
The State Chief Executive, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike stated this during the Ikike First Oil Ceremony organized by Total Energies EP at Total Energies Office in Port Harcourt, on Thursday 29th September, 2022.
Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo being presented with a Plaque by the MD. Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria (TUCN.), Mr. Mike Sangster during the Ikike 1st Oil Ceremony at the Total Energies EP Premises on the 29th Sept. 2022.
Represented by his Deputy Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Governor Wike said “As a State Government, we will always ensure a secure working environment for the Operators in the State such as TotalEnergies. In cognizance of the major role oil plays in the GDP of the country, we commit to the safeguard of oil installations and its workers across the State”.
According to the Governor, Rivers State would continue to remain safe for investors, stressing that the success story of Ikike First Oil Ceremony proves the fact, while inviting investors to come to the State, which he described as a safe haven for businesses to thrive.
He commended the management and staff of the Company for achieving the first oil from the Ikike Offshore Project, thereby recording a milestone with start-up of the Ikike field development project.
In his remarks The Managing Director, Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Mike Sangster, said the Ikeki field which was launched before the Covid 19 Pandemic produces 50,000 barrel of crude oil daily, noting that the project would serve as a template for future projects, as it offers them an opportunity to develop Nigeria.
He said the construction which was done in the Nigerian yard, generated three thousand direct and indirect jobs during the construction.