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Jubilation As Anambra Joins League Of Oil Producing States

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THERE was jubilation in Anambra State last week when information filtered in that the state had joined the prestigious and buoyant league of oil producing states in the country.

The journey to the new status began on August 30, 2012 when the then President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan commissioned the multimillion naira Orient Petroleum Refinery at Aguleri Otu in Anambra East local government area of the state.

The refinery project was initiated by the Governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju administration with a board of directors headed by the former secretary general of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku.  In fact oil was first struck in the location about 55 years ago by the multinational company, SAFRAP, which later became Total Plc and it took many years to discover the crude in large quantity around the Anambra basin. At the time of the commissioning, Orient Petroleum had the capacity to produce 55,000 barrels per day.

To the delight of the people of the state, President Muhammadu Buhari has already approved Anambra’s new status a petroleum-bearing state. The president’s approval was contained in a letter to Governor Willie Obiano , which the president’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, signed. Saturday Vanguard gathered that the letter was in response to an earlier one by Governor Obiano dated August 24, 2021 in which the state government requested President Buhari to officially declare Anambra as both oil and gas-bearing state.

With the declaration, Anambra State is henceforth automatically entitled to 13% derivation of the sale of petroleum products from 11 oil wells in its territory, namely, Nzam-1, Alo-1, Ameshi-1, 2, and 3, and Enyie-1, 2 , 3 and 4. Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C Don Adinuba said the president has also upheld the decision of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission that the 13% proceeds from oil and gas resources from Anambra 1, 2 and 3 oil wells be shared equally between Anambra State and the neighbouring Kogi State until the boundary dispute between the two states is settled.

 

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