Kogi governor hails Buhari over state’s recognition as oil-producing state

Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State, has conveyed the gratitude of the state government to President Muhammadu Buhari for recognizing Kogi as one of the country's oil-producing states. The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission has recognized Kogi and Anambra states as oil-producing states in Nigeria (RMAFC).


Bello delivered his "thank you message" to Buhari during a visit to the presidential palace in Abuja on Tuesday, according to Onogwu Muhammed, the governor's principal press secretary. Bello also revealed that he had a chat with Buhari about the resuscitation of the Ajaokuta steel complex in Kogi while speaking to journalists at the palace, according to the statement.

“The purpose of my visit to Mr. President this afternoon was to express my gratitude for his recognition of Kogi State as one of the country's oil-producing states. We also discussed the Ajaokuta Steel Complex, about which Mr President stated that "all efforts are being made to guarantee that the steel complex is completed before the conclusion of his government," according to the statement.

According to Mohammed, the governor, the age-old oil well conflict that resulted in unjustified killings and property devastation between two communities of Odeke in Kogi's Ibaji LGA and Aguleri in Anambra state has come to an end with the recognition of Kogi and Anambra. Bello also praised the president for mediating a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

“The Ibaji oil crisis had been going on for a time and had resulted in widespread property destruction as well as the loss of many lives. The Odeke and Aguleri communities of Kogi and Anambra states placed exclusive claim to the oil in the disputed area, which was finally resolved in favor of both states,” according to the statement. “By history, crude oil exploration in the Ibaji Local Government Area, which in geological terms is part of the Anambra Basin, began in 1952 in the villages of Odeke, Echeno, Ihile, Anocha/Uchuchu, Omabo, Ikah, Iregwu, and Ujeh, all in the Ibaji community of the present-day Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State.

“Between 1952 and 1986, three firms, Shell BP (now SPDC), ELF (now Total Fina Elf), and AGIP Energy, completed 25 exploration wells, two appraisal wells, and eight core drill wells in the whole Basin, the majority of which are located in Kogi State.



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