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The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has revealed how the Niger Delta state can help the Federal Government to exit the current economic recession.

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He noted that with Rivers State, as Nigeria’s investment hub, especially in view of oil and gas activities, it had the potential to help the nation survive the recession, stressing that Rivers is critical to any plan to revive Nigeria’s  economy and to  put an end to the cries and pains of the people.

Wike, a former Minister of State for Education, spoke yesterday, after he led members of the state Executive Council and the state’s elder statesmen on a tour of the N140 billion GreenGas Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility being constructed by Grenville Nigeria Limited in Rumuji, Emohua Local Government Area of the state.

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He said: “Despite the negative propaganda being sponsored by opposition politicians in the state, investors have continued to troop to our state. This GreenGas LNG facility, which will serve different states in the South and North has attracted over N140 billion worth of investment to the country.

“I am happy that our investments in the security agencies have continued to yield fruits, with greater investor confidence. For us, we will continue to provide the enabling environment for foreign investors to bring their funds to Rivers State.”

The governor also stated that the project had already started generating employment for the people of the state, noting that the cumulative effects, when it is completed would further expand the economy of Rivers state.

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Wike urged the people of Rumuji to cooperate with the investors, assuring that they would always benefit from the GreenGas LNG facility.

He said: “Rivers State is key to the development of this country. Foreign investors know this fact. There is no reason why anyone who wants to develop the economy of this country will ignore this State.

“Today, the $1.5 billion Indorama Fertiliser Plant is on stream (at Eleme in Rivers State) and now we are in the process of having the N140 billion GreenGas LNG Facility.”

The Chairman of Greenville Nigeria Limited, owners of GreenGas LNG facility, Eddy Van Den Broeke, had earlier said: “We are in Rivers State to form a partnership with the state government for necessary economic growth.”

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He disclosed that the project, which covers 42 hectares, would employ between 3000 and 3500 workers upon completion, revealing that presently, there are eighty workers daily at the project site.

Broeke stated that on completion, 250 trucks would be loading from the facility, while it would generate 150 megawatts of electricity to serve Rivers and other states of Nigeria.

The Chairman of Greenville Nigeria Limited also noted that the gas produced at the facility would help other parts of the country to produce 600 megawatts of electricity.

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