By Dennis Udoma
UYO—Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has assured that he will provide the necessary logistics to ensure the prompt relocation of international oil companies to their operation base in the state.
Gov Emmanuel Udom
Governor Emmanuel added that he was negotiating with some foreign partners towards building a befitting office complex in the state for such purpose.
The governor, who was reacting to the protest by youths in Eket at the Mobil facilities, said: “I know how some of them structure their balance sheet; they don’t want to own huge assets in terms of buildings. But I am going to do something that they cannot actually refuse.”
Mr. Joe Etukudo, Public Relations Officer of Afigh Iwaad Ekid, organisers of the protest, said: “It is time for Mobil to relocate to Akwa Ibom State, in keeping with the directives of the Federal Government.”
He blamed Mobil for treating the relocation of its headquarters to the operational base with disdain because of the peaceful disposition of the people of the state.