Governor Nyesom Wike on Wednesday asked the founder of Belema Oil Producing Limited, Jackrich Tein to develop the Kalabari region instead of the North.
Commenting on the crises of OML 25 during a Courtesy Visit by the leaders of the Kalabari Ethnic Nationality, Governor Wike said that the owners of Belema Oil embarked on deliberate falsehood to mislead Kalabari people on the role played by the Rivers State Government to resolve the impasse.
He said that the Chairman of Belema Oil met him and said that the Federal Government has agreed to extend the operating license of OML 25 to him.
He said after the license was awarded to Shell, he urged Shell and the host communities to resolve their differences.
Governor Wike urged the Chairman of Belema Oil to work for his people instead of generating tension.
He said that the Rivers State Government displayed good faith when it handed him Certificate of Occupancy for 15 hectares of land earlier revoked by the immediate past APC Administration in the State.
He urged Belema Oil to use her resources to develop riverine communities where they operate, instead of investing billions of naira in the north .
On OML 11, Governor Wike said that the Rivers State Government is working for the interest of Rivers people .
He said the aim is to ensure that the host communities are joint owners of the oil facility.