Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has charged multinational oil companies to show more commitment in relocating their corporate headquarters to their operational bases.
He made the call during the opening ceremony of Nigeria Oil and Gas Opportunity Fair 2017 at Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort in Uyo, and promised good environment for ExxonMobil to relocate to the state.
“Let me welcome ExxonMobil to Akwa Ibom and let me assure you that I know what you want to move your headquarters to the state. If you give me commitment of 24 months, I will provide it.
“Let me say here, let our losses not be the gains of other areas who had never seen how crude oil looks like, let our losses not be the gains of our neighbouring countries, let our losses not be the gains of the Western world but let our gains be shared among ourselves.”
The Minister for State Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, said he was in total support of oil companies relocating their corporate headquarters to their operational bases, but urged the state governments to provide the necessary security framework for peace.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, Senator Bassey Albert, said if the Local Content Law is properly implemented, the operation of oil and gas industries will change, noting that the senate was awaiting the outcome of this year’s oil and gas fair.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Local Contents, Mr Emmanuel Ekon, in his message, noted that the essence of Local Content Law is to build capacity, and called on oil companies to stop bringing expertrates for staff training, while urging the participants to make good use of the opportunity.