By: Joy Odor/Ahuja
Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Senator Isaac Mohammed Alfa has clarified that the bill to Recognize Kogi as an oil producing state which was rejected at Wednesday’s plenary would pass in future.
The lawmaker in his lead debate at the plenary insisted that the OPLs 915 and 916 currently crude oil is within the basin of Ibaji local government Areas of Kogi State.
In his clarification at a press conference after plenary, he said 53% of oil being produced by Orient Oil in Anambra state comes from the affected OPLs,, saying that once the grey areas noticed by the Senate was addressed, Kogi would be an oil producing state.
“The purpose of being here today is with regards to the motion I moved state g that Kogi State be declared as an oil producing state.”
“53% of oil from Anambra basin comes from oil well in Kogi State, the oil that is being produced now”, Isaac insisted.
“From my own assessment, it was a successful motion. It was not rejected 10,0%. Even at that Kogi wasn’t rejected but because of the sensitive nature of the contiguous communities, Senate needed rigorous work before passing the law.”
“Senate has directed its Committee on oil and gas (upstream) to conclude reports within two weeks.”
“I have a reason for moving the motion. My position as a Senator wears two caps. I am a lawmaker and a Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District.”
As a Senator representing Kogi East today, I am the highest political office holder in my districts and I have an obligation to represent their interest. ”