OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Wednesday rejected a motion to declare Kogi as an oil producing State.
This was followed by a motion moved by the newly sworn, Senator Alfa Isaac on the floor of the red chamber.
Isaac was previously in the chamber but was removed due to judicial intervention and replaced by Senator Atai Aidoko, both from Kogi State.
After series of legal battles, the Supreme Court declared Alfa the rightful occupier of Kogi East senatorial seat.
Upon resumption, Alfa promised to look into the issue of making Kogi receive all benefits and privileges as an oil producing state.
Unfortunately, his colleagues were not in support of the motion as the matter had previously been discussed and settled among other states (Anambra and Enugu) which had contended on the matter.
It was resolved then that the committee on Petroleum Upstream intervene and meet with the National Boundary Commission over communal clashes that have resulted from the matter.
In his reaction, Senator Chukwuka Utazi “sympathized” with his “colleague because he just came”.
Utazi noted that he understands he (Alfa) wants his constituents to feel his input even before the end of the 8th Senate.
He said: “Your constituency has held three senators in 8th Senate. During the movement, this issues has been concluded with Senator Stella Oduah who isn’t here and Senator Andy Uba. We agreed that instead of dissipating energy, we come together and the three States be declared oil producing state. The Senate then directed the committee on upstream chaired by Senator Alasoadura to solve the problem in order to stop causing confusion.
“I understand he wants to show people that he is working at home. The committee should finish and submit the report. I am of the opinion that the motion brought stepped down so we don’t have more trouble we already have enough trouble and wait for the committee.”
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu held similar view and told Senator Isaac to “humbly withdraw the motion and look at the other things on the Order Paper. He should have met with Senator Dino Melaye on the rules and business for proper guidance. We have enough work in the parliament.”
Senator James Manager also advised the Senate President to continue with the proceeding since the Kogi East Senator refused to step down the motion.
The Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan asked the chairman committee on Petroleum Upstream, Tayo Alasoadura to give the status of the report.
Alasoadura stated that his committee sat twice and also met the National Boundary Commission.
“If not for the last activities of the election, the report will have been submitted. Please give us two weeks”, he pleaded.
In its resolutions, the chamber rejected the call to declare Kogi State as oil producing State and rather asked the Governors of the three States of Anambra, Enugu and Kogi to resolve the crises between the various communities.
The following prayers were approved: “Urge the Federal Government to direct the National Boundary Commission to immediately release its report on the determination of the boundaries of the communities contiguous to OPLs 915 & 916;
“Urge the communities of Ibaji, Igga and Aguleri-Out of Kogi, Enugu and Anambra States to sheath their sword and allow peace to reign while the National Boundary Commission delineate the correct boundaries.
“Urge the Federal Government to ensure that the displaced communities in the disputed area, due to the hostilities, are allowed to return to their ancestral homes and compensated for their lost due to the crisis; and
“Direct the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream, National Security and Intelligence to ensure compliance of previous prayers.”