Port Harcourt residents have hailed the Federal Government for directing multinational oil companies to relocate their headquarters to their areas of operation.
They spoke with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
NAN recalls that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo directed oil firms to relocate their headquarters to their areas of operation in Niger Delta.
An environmental activist, Dr. Kulu Ogborigbo, said the Federal Government’s directive was a welcome development.
He noted that locating the companies’ headquarters outside their areas of operation was retrogressive and against the development of host communities.
Another resident, Mr. Fidelis Ogoli, said if the oil firms relocate to Niger Delta, it will generate employment and ensure peace.
He stressed that relocation was a wise decision.
Mrs. Ann Obiri praised the directive and urged the Federal Government to ensure its implementation, for the region’s development.
She said the initiative would engender economic activities and create wealth.
An environmentalist, Mr. Okey Tiro, said the directive was a positive one, addingthat it would restore peace.
Said he: “Relocating the firms’ headquarters out of Niger Delta was an injustice.”
Mrs. Amina Rueben enjoined the Federal Government to ensure the companies complied with the directive.
“If the government ensures compliance, the indigenes will have more confidence in the present administration,” she said.