Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the weekend commended the outgone Managing Director of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, Mr. Tony Attah, for his role in the company’s Train-7 project.
He particularly praised the former NLNG boss for ensuring that all fabrication works for the company’s $10billion Train 7 project, will be done in the state.
Governor Wike at the send forth ceremony thanked the former NLNG helmsman for the convivial relationship the company maintained with the government, and people of Rivers State, under his leadership.
He said Attah will be remembered for overseeing the commencement and completion of NLNG corporate headquarters building in Port Harcourt.
Based on the relationship Attah nurtured and sustained with the State government, the governor said it is also possible for all those working for oil multinationals to cultivate better relationship with State governments in the Niger Delta.
The governor remarked that by ensuring the speedy completion of the NLNG headquarters in Port Harcourt, Mr. Attah had proved that the claim of insecurity in the Niger Delta by IOCs is indefensible.
“IOCs will say there is insecurity in Port Harcourt, insecurity in Warri, insecurity in Bayelsa but there is no insecurity in taking the oil and gas.”
The governor declared that posterity will forever be kind to Mr Attah for all his good deeds as the Managing Director of NLNG.
“Any government that is committed to the development of the country must engage technocrats like Mr. Attah.
“NLNG will never forget you (Attah). The Amanyanabo of Bonny will never forget you. Rivers State will not forget you. You have done very well. And I want to tell you by the powers conferred on me in the next award of the State, you are going to get the second highest honor as far as Rivers State is concerned.
“I want to thank you for what you have done for Rivers state. I want to thank you for what you have done for the people of the Niger Delta.”
The governor enjoined the new NLNG Managing Director, Dr. Philip Mshelbila to emulate his predecessor and sustain the existing cordial relationship with the state government.
He implored Dr. Mshelbila and the Board of the NLNG to collaborate with the Rivers state government to develop a vast reclaimed expanse of land opposite the NLNG corporate headquarters in Port Harcourt.
“Everybody should come back here. This is where it is happening. Philip, opposite you, we have sand filled the area, provided infrastructure . Come and partner with us. Chairman (NLNG Board, Edmund Daukoru, the Amayanabo of Nembe) you are from Niger Delta, tell your people to come and get a place here. They should not be living in Lagos and flying in and putting the cost on your head. Let them come here. The safest place is here. Rivers state is very safe.”