From Dennis Essang, P/H:
The Rivers State Government has reiterated its commitment to ensure safety on the Bonny Port Harcourt Marine Corridor.
The State Deputy Governor Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo stated this at a meeting with the Executive Members of the Bonny Maritime Boat Owners Association to fashion out ways to ensure the safety of seafarers on that route at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
She said Bonny is important to the entire country because it hosts the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company which is a very important National Asset, stressing that issues of security are of great concern to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
Dr. Banigo said she will convene another meeting with the Security Operatives and the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Bonny Local Government Area to find out why the gun boats the Governor provided are not in use and take necessary steps to ensure they are deployed to provide security on the water ways.
In her words: “ His Excellency has approved and released two gun boats to that area and we are aware that the marine police have two, so we want to know why these gun boats are not in use and if there are logistic issues we want to get on top of them, so we need to have another meeting with the security operatives and the Chairman of the Bonny Local Government area Caretaker Committee”.
The Chairman Marine Workers Union of Nigeria Comrade Maxwell Hart had earlier informed the Deputy Governor of challenges they were encountering and called for the State Government’s intervention.