Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:27 pm
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has urged the Surveyor-General of the Federation to resolve the lingering dispute over oil wells of the state wrongly ceded to Bayelsa state during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Forum of Surveyors-General of States on Tuesday at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that the Surveyor-General of the Federation is in the best position to address the boundary conflict.
He said: “I call on the Surveyor-General of the Federation to help in resolving the dispute between Rivers State and Bayelsa States.
“We believe that the oil wells belong to us. We are brothers and there is no need for this conflict to linger. Imagine if it was between two states with no relationship , it would have been worse”.
The governor pointed to the deadly boundary conflict between Kogi and Anambra over oil found in the area.
Speaking on the surveying profession, Governor Wike said that his administration will sponsor the training and retraining of surveyors.
It could be recalled that the ceding of oil wells belonging to Rivers was a very contentious issue that brought former Governor Chibuike Amaechi at a collision with former President Jonathan.
Amaechi had accusing the former President of using his powers to shortchange the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Forum of Surveyors-General of States, Michael Abiodun expressed gratitude to Governor Wike for being a progressive in terms of delivery of democracy dividends.
He urged the Rivers State Government to acquire satellite and aerial imagery of the entire state to enhance development.
Also speaking, the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Ebisintei Awudu said that the transformation taking place in Rivers State is massive.
He called for the digitization of the Rivers State Surveyor-General’s office to enhance revenue generation.