Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has reiterated the commitment of his administration to the promotion of a friendly business environment for the sustained growth of the state’s economy.
Commissioning the Land Ship MV ‘Rivers Pride’, built by Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre in Port Harcourt yesterday, Wike assured that his administration would promote policies that would encourage businessmen to invest in the state.
The governor, who also laid the foundation for the construction of an accommodation block for 200 cadets, announced that the state government had waived the fee for the certificate of occupancy for the Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre.
He said investors would have their land documents speedily processed to ensure that they quickly add value to the state.
“Rivers State will continue to be great. We are reforming our business processes to enhance our business climate and increase employment opportunities.
“We are making the environment friendly for businesses to thrive. I commend the Chief Executive Officer of Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre, Sir Charles Kinikanwo Wami for this outstanding investment in the state. We are happy that an indigene of this state has faith in this state through this multi-billion investment,” he said.
He urged multinationals to create opportunities for the indigenes of the state as prominent management staff. He said Rivers people had the capacity to deliver quality service.
In his remarks, Sir Wami said the organisation had grown substantially over the years, saying it had over 53 oil and gas short courses, over 20 international STCW courses and six other marine courses.
“We are proud to say that over the past 16 years, while other institutions are moving away from the state, we have kept ourselves rooted here providing accessible and affordable training for seafarers in Rivers State,” he said.
Also speaking, Norway Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-Petter Kjemprud expressed satisfaction at the contribution of Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre to the training of seafarers.Read Full Story