Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has embargoed the employment of non-indigenes by multi-national companies operating in the state.
According to a memo from the governor to the companies, sighted on Tuesday by The Neighbourhood, Wike threatened “severe sanctions” against any errant multi-national. Though the memo did not stipulate any form of sanction, a senior expatriate employee in one of the affected companies, said the governor had threatened to withdraw the peaceful atmosphere in their areas of operations.
The senior expatriate worker, from one of the European nations, told The Neighbourhood that Wike ordered that only Rivers indigenes be employed if the companies must retain the state government’s patronage.
One of the companies that received Wike’s memo is currently building about 5 flyovers in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, valued at over N100 billion.