Senate Committee Visit Anambra, Verifies Petition Against Ogbaru Oil Company

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BY SUNNY A. DAVID

Members of the Senate Committee on Privileges and Public Petitions has arrived Anambra State for oversight functions, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Willie Obiano.

Our correspondent, reports that the Committee was led by its Chairman, Dr. Ayo Akinyorule, Senator Sam Egwu and Senator Hezekiah Dimka as members.

They are in the State in response to a petition against a company, illegally operating in Ogwuikpele and Ogwuaniocha Communities in Ogbaru Council Area of the State.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Dr. Ayo Akinyorule explained that theirs is a special Committee of the Senate that oversights all agencies of government.

He stressed that they have unlimited scope of operation, and stated that their visit is to confirm whether the allegation is true or false.

Senator Akinyoule explained that they got a petition that one Sipco Nig. Ltd has been operating in Anambra State for years, without MOU with goernment and the affected communities, pointing out that at the end of their visit, recommendations will be forwarded to the Senate to decide the matter.

Responding, Governor Obiano who commended the Committee for granting a first hearing on the matter, noted that the company in question has refused all manner of approach by the State government.

The Governor stressed that what the company did was that they identified and randomly selected people in the affected communities who don’t represent the communities, to connive with.

While asking the Committee to look at the case dispassionately, he said companies operating in the State are protected, adding that State government will not appreciate a situation where community members will start agitation because the impact of what the company is doing, is already affecting the communities.

Earlier, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu stressed that State government observed that the visit is because the company’s operation did not follow due process.

Also present at the event were, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Primus Odili, members of the Anambra State Oil and Gas Development Committee, led by its Chairman Engr Frank Edozie, Chairman of Ogbaru Council area, Mr. Arinze Awogu among others.

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