The executive governor of Rivers state, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said the failure of multinationals to encourage host communities with key appointments in their various companies is responsible for the lingering problem of communal crisis.
Wike stated this when the board of directors of the Nigerian Bottling company paid him a courtesy visit at the government house in Port Harcourt. He said the people of the Niger delta should be given key appointments in the areas where the multinationals operate.
“Part of the crisis in the Niger Delta is that nobody considers the people of the region to be in management positions”.
He said the company should include the people of their host communities in whatever they are doing. Wike berated the Nigerian Bottling Company for refusing to include any Rivers indigene for management position even as the state is part of the companies host communities.
He said: “when you come for a courtesy call in Rivers state, one expects that there must be a Rivers person to encourage us, amongst all of you there is no Rivers man, who do you encourage us?”, the Governor asked the visiting management team.
Earlier in his remarks, the chairman board of directors of NBC, Segun Akpata said the company is working towards building a mega plant in Port Harcourt.
He said: “ from the present three lines that we have, we want to turn it to six lines and create a major logistic center/hub in Port Harcourt so that we can expand our foot print more in Port Harcourt and increase the current direct and indirect employment that is about a thousand plus”.