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OIL WELL TUSSLE: Rivers State May Lose Allocation to Imo

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Rivers State may lose another oil well to neighbouring Imo State as the state failed to appear before the National Boundary Commission in Abuja on the scheduled date, Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Imo State government on the other hand, appeared before the Commission and submitted sensitive documents to the Commission, including the Survey Plan of the state.

The documents were submitted to the National Boundary Commission, in the presence of the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Surveyor Samuel Adeniran, and the Director-General of the National Boundary Commission, Surveyor Adaji Adamu.

Imo State and her neigbouring Rivers State, are in a protracted battle over disputed oil wells which Rivers State receives monthly allocation and other benefits.

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof Placid Njoku, who is also the Chairman of the Imo State Boundary Commission, led a delegation to submit sensitive documents to the National Boundary Commission in Abuja on Thursday on behalf of the state government.

The delegation included the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr C.O.C Akolisa, the Special Adviser and Coordinator Oil and Gas, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Nanah Opiah, Oil and Gas expert, Dr. Chioma Njoku, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Survey and Physical Planning, Surveyor Uzoma John, and the Surveyor General of the State, Surveyor C.A.P. Anele.

The Deputy Governor urged the National Boundary Commission to rise to the occasion and give justice to the people of Imo State who have suffered untold hardship over the years as a result of the denial of their God-given wealth which should have been used for their development but had been in the hands of the wrong state instead.

Lending his voice, the SA and Coordinator Oil and Gas, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Nanah Opiah, urged the National Boundary Commission to ensure that Rivers State attends the next meeting, stressing that the timetable earlier prepared for the submission of documents by the two states should be reviewed.

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