The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has vowed to ensure that Kogi State is declared an oil producing State.
This is coming on the heels of the row between Anambra and Kogi States over whose territory the recently disclosed oil wells are.
The ACF Chairman, Alhaji Aliko Mohammed spoke after a group, the Network of Kogi State Associations, led a protest to the ACF headquarters in Kaduna.
The group urged the Forum to compel the Federal Government to reverse the declaration of Anambra as an oil producing state in favour of Kogi.
In his presentation before a meeting of the ACF, the Coordinator of the group who led the protest, Dr. Umar Aku Goodman said: “You are aware of the proclamation of Anambra State on August 30, 2012, as an oil producing state. What many people are not aware of is that the oil which actually led to the proclamation, is actually from Kogi land, specifically in Ibaji local council area of the state.
“It is also on record that the said exploration activities leading to the successful access to the crude oil were actually carried out within the following communities in Ibaji local council area of Kogi state: Odeke, Ihile and Echeno, Anocha, Uchuchu and other communities in the local council.”
Responding, Mohammed said that the Forum would use its position to make sure that the Federal Government returned to the north what belonged to it.
He said: “Certainly, the boundary commission will be able to determine which state or local government owns the area where this crude oil has been discovered. The ACF will make sure that what belongs to the north does not go anywhere else.”