Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ownership of Oil Wells - Communities Threaten to Hinder Production

15 March 2012

Enugu — ANAMBRA State government's desire to join the league of oil producing states in the country may be stalemated if the crisis brewing between the state and host communities of the oil wells in Enugu State is not resolved.

Uzo-Uwani local government area of Enugu State where the two oil blocks acquired by Orient Petroleum are located, have threatened to stop the company from commencing activities in the area for allegedly failing to accord the council its due recognition.

Chairman of the council, Cornel Onwubuya, who briefed newsmen on the development yesterday, frowned on what he described as misleading pronouncement from chairman of the Board of Directors of Orient Petroleum, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, that Anambra would soon become an oil producing state, even when the oil wells which the company intended to explore are located in Enugu State.

According to him, the pronouncement by the former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth is already generating tension among the host communities of Igga, Asaba, Ojjor and Ogrugu in Enugu State.

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