That’s settled then

Port Harcourt is the main city for Nigeria’s oil industry.

A few years ago it got too dangerous and most of the oil companies moved a lot of their operations to Lagos. Then it got better and they moved back.

For obvious reasons, the oil industry is a target market for me in one of my ‘focus’ countries, so I was wondering if it was safe to go there. The partner said probably not, as it was ‘a bit restive’. I checked with Tim Newman, who I had the pleasure of meeting up with in Lagos during my last visit.

Here’s his answer.

Port Harcourt is as dangerous as hell, our guys don’t go out without an armed escort there and we sent the families home years ago. It’s prone to kidnapping, I’d avoid it if I were you. Seriously, the security situation here is really not good.’

So, no, I don’t think I’ll be going to Port Harcourt any time soon. Sad and frustrating.


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