Anambra Oil Producing State Status Throws Senate Into Rowdy Session
The renewed agitation over ownership of oil wells being claimed by Kogi, Anambra and Enugu states will soon be a thing of past as the Senate has mandated its committee on petroleum (upstream) to investigate the matter.
On Thursday, Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu-PDP) raised a point-of-order on the matter seeking the intervention of the Upper Chamber to stem brewing crisis among the three states laying claim to the oil wells.
Referring to order 43, the lawmaker alleged that Anambra government had used one of its appointees, Prince Emu, to grant an interview, stating that Anambra was an oil-producing state.
Utazi said the federal government realised that it was an error for former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to refer to Anambra as oil-producing state and withdrew the status.
According to him, withdrawing the status from Anambra is based on the fact that the state has not been confirmed as oil-producing.
Utazi said: “President and distinguished colleagues, the oil-producing status on Anambra state has since been withdrawn. This is already brewing violence among communities laying claim to the oil wells.
“We know what we did in the past to restore peace among those warring communities and election period is around the corner and we do not want any crisis.’’
In his contribution, Andy Uba (Anambra-APC) insisted that Anambra was an oil-producing state, saying “what my colleague, Utazi, is saying is not correct.
“They said any state that produces 120,000 barrels of oil per day is qualified as an oil-producing state and that is why Anambra was conferred with that status.’’
Senate President Bukola Saraki referred the matter to the committee on petroleum with an order to turn in its report in two weeks.