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Anambra Petroleum Ministry inaugurates action C’ttee



Dr Obiogbolu, Sir Ifeanya (middle) and other members of the c’ttee in a group photograph during the inauguration

Urges oil-producing communities to embrace dialogue, peace with oil companies

ANAMBRA Commissioner for Petroleum and Mineral Resources, one of the new ministries created by Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s administration, Anthony Ifeanya, on Friday, inaugurated a seven-man committee to carve out an action plan that will serve the ministry for four years.

  The committee has Dr Alex Obiogbolu and Richard Ezechukwuma as chairman and secretary, respectively while Chief  D. O. Ezeudu, Dr Chris Offokansi, Dr Emenike Ezinando, Tony Okwusa , as well as Ik Okafor  are also members.

  While inaugurating the committee in his office at Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka,  the commissioner said that the members were drawn from Petroleum and Energy Resources Sector with vast experience, and charged them to leverage on the Governor Chukwuma Soludo campaign manifesto for ndi-Anambra, Anambra Vision 2070, and the combined transition report chaired by Prof Oby Ezekwesili, to develop a favourable working-action plan for the ministry with a view to achieving Soludo’s dream  for the state anchored on developing a liveable and prosperous Anambra State.

  He added that the members of the committee were assembled by the ministry to help it come out with something very tangible, stressing that he is passionately hungry to give the state a very good outing with a view to making a huge success out of the proposed working-action plan.

  The commissioner, who said that the committee is also charged with the responsibility of fashioning out a working-action plan as a guide to the ministry for a short-medium-term plan of the ministry for this year, noted that the committee is expected to submit its report to the ministry by the end of May 2022.

  Ifeanya maintained that the working-action plan would help the ministry in actualising Governor Soludo’s dream on job and wealth creation, as well as increase the state’s internally generated revenue when the ministry opens up the state’s oil exploration.

  He further disclosed that he had before now, personally visited Delta State and interacted with the Commissioner for Oil and Gas of the state, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources   of Rivers State, and that of Awka-Ibom State, for the workings of their ministries, emphasising that he had gathered enough information to set up the structure and the organogram of the new ministry.  

  In his acceptance speech, the chairman of the committee, Dr Obiogbolu, thanked the commissioner, for finding them worthy to serve the state, noting with joy that the committee is populated with experts in not only the petroleum sector, but also in the administrative sections of various government ministries and agencies.

  In another development, the Ogwu-Aniocha community, in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state, over the weekend, paid a courtesy visit to the state petroleum commissioner in his office at Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

  According to the president general of the community, Chief Chidi Eze, the essence of the visit was to felicitate with the commissioner, on his appointment and to inform him of the problems the community are facing with oil service providers, particularly SEPCO, operating in the area.

  He passionately appealed to the state government to recognise Ogwu-Aniocha as an oil-producing community and work towards pressing the SEPCO to sign memorandum of understanding with the community, for lasting peace, urging the commissioner to use his office to include the indigenes of the community in the Anambra State Oil and Gas Committee, for equity and social justice.

  Responding, Sir Ifeanya appreciated the Ogwu-Aniocha community for coming, and enjoined them to toe the path of dialogue, peace and justice with the oil service providers in their area, for sustainable development.

  The commissioner, who underscored the importance of peace, dialogue and justice in the development of any community, assured the community that the present government in the state is committed to representing the interest of the state and the communities therein at all cost.

  While describing Governor Soludo as a man of peace, the commissioner told the Ogwu-Aniocha community that Anambra Petroleum Ministry under his watch, had started contacting the authorities of the Sterling Oil Exploration Company Limited about the complainants laid against them, and stressed that he had also gone through the facts the community brought, even as he highlighted the need to get the side of the company firsthand on the matters.

  He emphatically noted that the oil-producing communities in the state deserve some certain entitlements from the oil service providers in their respective communities.

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