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Group protests delay in according Anambra oil state status

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AN INDIGENOUS group of Anambra extraction on the aegis of Host Communities of Nigeria (HOSCON) producing oil and gas has demonstrated against the continuous exclusion of Anambra from oil bearing states in Nigeria.

The demonstrators numbering over 500, carried placards with various inscriptions, some of which read, “we are producing, DPR declare us so, Anambra is qualified and deserved to be included among oil producing states.” Other write ups included “Stop oil bunkering in Anambra State” Give us our 13 percent Elf Oil.”

The match which commenced from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mega Station, Awka terminated at the Government House.

In an address presented by the Chairman of HOSCON, Tony Chiokwe demanded an urgent inclusion of the state among oil producing states as well as extending full benefit to the communities.

The group further urged the department of Petroleum Resources and NNPC to authenticate the assignment and confirm the presence of Sterling Global in Anambra Field.

The group chairman affirmed that the firms has operated in the state for seven years, stressing that such period was sufficient enough to earn the state full recognition as an oil producing state with full benefits.

He recalled that on August 30, 2012 former President Goodluck Jonathan declared Anambra an oil producing state.

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