Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called on the Federal Government to stand out strongly to assist the states to fight oil theft.
Speaking yesterday, at Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike reiterated that oil bunkering has continued to worsen because of the participation of security agencies.
He said: “The issue of oil theft, some of the security agencies are part of it. When you see oil bunkering, the security agencies are involved. They are fully involved. If the Federal Government comes strongly and partner 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.”
Wike said that the security framework of the state was 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 in the fight against insecurity.
Earlier, Country Representative of Konrad Adenauer (German Foundation) , Dr Vladimir Kreck said the visit was aimed at advancing economic development in the country.
He said: “We have been providing support for the democratic development of Nigeria since 2001. In Rivers State, we have been providing capacity building for lawmakers and security agencies.”
He said the foundation invited two German federal lawmakers to Nigeria to acquaint themselves on the economic development programmes of the country.
Also speaking, a German federal lawmaker, Andreas Lammel said the main objective of the visit was to understand the economic development process and discuss oil production and development in Rivers State.
Dr Joachim Pfeifer, another German federal lawmaker said this was his first visit to Nigeria and he is interested in building cooperation between the two countries.