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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Oil workers make up about 60% of Coronavirus cases in Rivers - Governor Nyesom Wike

Oil workers make up about 60% of Coronavirus cases in Rivers - Governor Nyesom Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has disclosed that about 60% of COVID-19 cases recorded in the state are said to be majorly from the oil sector.

Governor Wike who disclosed that some of the cases are oil workers returning from rigs in a meeting with the management team of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited at the Government House on Wednesday May 20, blamed the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the state on unscreened oil workers. 

Wike also insisted that his actions were not targeted at anybody or organization as oil remained the mainstay of the economy. He further recalled how 3 out of 14 oil workers who were quarantined in the state, tested positive for Coronavirus. 

The Governor said; “It’s not in anybody’s interest to deny people to carry out their official duties.  Oil is the mainstay of the economy of Nigeria and without it, we that is in this part of the country will find it difficult to function.
“My concern is that companies should always notify government of workers they are bringing into the state, so that our health officials can monitor them."

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