Anambra, Enugu, Kogi oil dispute: Date fixed for reconciliation

06 November 2012, Sweetcrude, Lokoja – Govenor Idris Wada of Kogi state has announced that a reconciliatory meeting has been fixed for November 29 and
30, in Lokoja, the capital, between himself and his coumterparts, the governors of Anambra and Enugu states, over the oil well crisis.

The meeting is a follow up to the one summoned last week in Abuja, by President Goodluck Jonathan, in his efforto help resolve the lingering feud.

Governor Wada expressed hope that the meeting which would also involve the National Boundary Commission and the boundary commissions of the feuding states, would find a lasting solution to the feud.

He said, “The Federal Government has taken it as a serious matter. Mr. President convened a meeting of Kogi, Anambra and Enugu State and the matter is fully under control.

“A lot of work has been done by the National Boundary Commission and Mr. President
directed them to expedite the processes and a meeting has been scheduled to hold in Lokoja, Kogi State capital on the 29th of November and 30th of November,  precisely to address it at the highest level of the National Boundary Commission and the boundary commissions of the three states to resolve the boundary issues and expedite action in concluding the matter.

“So areas of conflict have now been minimised. The three states are working in full conducive atmosphere and I am confident that the matter will be resolved.”

Wada also said Vice President Namadi Sambo briefed the National Economic Council that he had set machinery in motion to resolve any area of conflict between Cross River and Rivers States. He disagreed with the notion that the crisis among states
over oil wells had not yet reached the level of war or discord.

“It is normal to contest some of these issues in relationship between states. The Federal Government has the framework and the machinery through the National Boundary Commission to resolve such matters,” he said.

Since August this year when Orient Petroleum situated in Aguleri-Otu, Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra, ready for oil exploration and refining activities, Kogi and Enugu governments have been laying claims to ownership of the land where the oil wells are located.

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  • It would appear hydrocarbon exploration and production is a harbinger of distrust, avarice and greed. It is worrisome to note that even when actual crude oil production has not commenced, trouble has started brewing between three states that had always lived in peace. Look at Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Bayelsa and all for what – oil that has failed to impact the well-being of the people in whose area it is mined. Those contesting oswnership need to address their minds to broader concerns such as the impact to the environment, among other issues. Indeed they needn’t look too far, let them ask the Ogonis and the Ijaws. In fact, let them visit Ogoniland to witness first hand what is about to befall them. No amount of money can restore Ogoniland to its natural state.

  • Nobody is contesting it, bcos it belong 2 us Enugu 9igeria .

  • Now na morning…

  • How could enugu have oil when they dont have water&coming to kogi states involvement.i think its boko haram trying to caurse trouble,its your oil anambra state,