[dropcap type=”1″]N[/dropcap]igeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited is seeking a robust partnership with Rivers State on the protection of its staff and assets.

Speaking at a ground breaking ceremony of its head office on Wednesday, in Port Harcourt, its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Babs Omotowa, said without Rivers State government’s support, it would be difficult for the company to accomplish the laudable achievements it was known for.

He said: “Any negative impact to our people and assets would hamper our ability to deliver on our obligations to our buyers and adversely affect the value we bring to government revenue.

“Our relationship with Rivers State represents a unique partnership between government and a corporate giant, coming together for a shared purpose: to impact in the most positive way possible a better Rivers State and Nigeria.

[quote_box_center]“Today, by this ground-breaking to erect our new head office, we make an unequivocal statement, that Nigeria LNG Limited is a partner with the people of Rivers State in the sustainable development of the state and its people.Our resolve in 2010 to relocate NLNG’s head office to Port-Harcourt right next to its support base was and still is a business decision. It made good business sense to be in close proximity to our world-class plant located across the river in Bonny. It also made sense to be closer to the people and over hundred and ten (110) pipeline communities whose activities have a direct impact on our company’s ability to deliver liquefied natural gas (LNG) and natural gas liquids (NGLs) to many locations around the world,” he added.[/quote_box_center]

Omotowa assured the Rivers State government of continued support through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.

He said: “We continue to support the government in building capacity and empowering its people through various scholarship awards across secondary and tertiary levels of education and, more recently, through our support for the University of Port Harcourt to upgrade its engineering laboratory. The upgrade comes at a cost of $2 million.”

Governor Nyesom Wike said: “On our part, we promise to provide you with the support you may need to secure the construction site and ensure that work goes on smoothly. We appreciate NLNG for the various intervention projects the company is undertaking in its host communities especially on Bonny Island.”

The governor also hailed NLNG for its Train 7 expansion project.

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