Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Monday called on the Federal Government to come out strongly to partner with the states to fight oil theft.
Wike reiterated during a Courtesy Visit by Konrad Adenauer of the German Federal Parliament that oil bunkering has continued to worsen because of the participation of security agencies.
According to him: “Some of the security agencies are part of oil thieves. When you see oil bunkering activities, the security agencies are fully involved.
“If the Federal Government comes strongly and partner with the states, you will find out that we will be able to solve some of the problems.
“Also, we have the problem of politicisation of security. It is unfortunate in this country”.
The governor said that the security framework of the state is negatively affected by oil majors patronising cult groups for surveillance jobs.
He said that the Rivers State Security Council took a decision in liaison with the oil majors to stop the patronage of cult groups for such jobs.
“We have told oil majors to patronise official State security agencies and stop patronising cult groups for surveillance jobs.
“This is because part of the problem is the oil majors continued patronage of cult groups”, he said.
He called for collaboration with the German Government and the German Foundation for the fight against insecurity.
Governor Wike also called for partnership with the Konrad Adenauer (German Foundation) to attract German investors in the area of agriculture to create employment.