Anambra/Kogi Oil Dispute: Exploration Now At Advanced Stage In Kogi – Sambo

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There are indications that the prolonged dispute between Anambra and Kogi states over oil exploration may soon be over as the federal government said oil exploration in Kogi State is now at an advanced stage.

It would be recalled that Anambra and Kogi states have been in a running battle over ownership of land on which oil deposits were found on the border between the two states, resulting in skirmishes between the border communities about two years ago, when President Goodluck Jonathan on a state visit to Anambra, declared the state an oil producing state.

Following the crisis, both parties were referred to the National Boundary Commission and meetings were held with governors and representatives of the states and affected communities with a view to resolving the dispute.

The government of Kogi State has however insisted that since the oil in question is on its soil in Odeke in Ibaji local government area, Kogi and not Anambra should be crowned an oil producing state.

Speaking during the presidential campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lokoja, Vice President Namadi Sambo, who heads the National Boundary Commission, stated that “issues of exploration of oil and gas in some local government areas in Kogi State have reached an advanced stage.”

He reeled out some federal government projects in the state, including the on-going ,000 megawatts coal power project under public-private partnership, completion of the dredging of River Niger, on-going construction of the Lokoja Port, resuscitation of Ajaokuta Steel Complex and Geregu three power project.

Sambo noted that President Goodluck Jonathan will continue to pursue the transformation agenda with vigour and expressed delight that the president has not failed the nation, even as he urged the people of Kogi State to vote massively for President Jonathan to enable him accomplish his political objectives.


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