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Nigeria: Oil Feud - Jonathan to Meet Kogi, Enugu, Anambra Govs Nov 29

November 29 and 30 has been fixed as the dates for a reconciliatory meetings to reconcile feuding parties on the claim of ownership of oil wells said to be located in Kogi State.

Three states Kogi, Enugu and Anambra States are set to attend the meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan to resolve the lingering oil feud.

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State told journalists Thursday that the meeting is a follow-up to the one held at the instance of the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

He said, "The Federal Government has taken it as a serious matter, yesterday (Wednesday) Mr. President conveyed a meeting of Kogi, Anambra and Enugu State and the matter is fully under control.

"A lot of work has been done by the National Boundary Commission and Mr. President directed them to expedite the processes and a meeting has been scheduled to hold in Lokoja, Kogi State capital on November 29 and 30 to address at the highest level of the National Boundary Commission and the boundary commissions of the three states to resolve the boundary issues and expedite action in concluding the matter.

"So areas of conflict have now been minimised. The three states are working in full conducive atmosphere and I am confident that the matter will be resolved."

The meeting, which hopefully would also involve the National Boundary Commission and the boundary commissions of the contending state, Wada said would find a lasting solution to the feud.

He said: "It is normal to contest some of these issues in relationship between states. The Federal Government has the framework and the machinery through the National Boundary Commission to resolve such matters," he said.

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