6 November 2012

Nigeria: Amaechi Accuses RMFAC of Ceding 46 Oil Wells to Abia

Rivers State Governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi has decried the decision of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission (RMFAC) to cede 46 oil wells belonging to the state to Abia State.

This is as he accused Bayelsa State government of making moves to take-over 71 oil wells belonging to the state by attempting to extend its boundary to Sombreiro River, near Abonnema, headquarters of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state.

Amaechi, who spoke yesterday during an interactive session with journalists at Government House, Port Harcourt, however said that the people of the state have one common destiny and would fight for their right.

The governor said; "As we are talking now, they have given 46 oil wells belonging to Rivers State to Abia State. At the same time, apart from claiming that Soku belongs to them, the Bayelsa State government is fighting hard to extend the boundary to somewhere near Abonnema in order to take over another 71 oil wells belonging to us.

"The President advised us not to talk to the press on the Soku issue and he wants the right thing to be done and we will support him. Since Rivers people are happy with the way President Jonathan is handling the issue, we have to obey him by not talking to the press.

But since you asked, I have to say it out. As a state and as a people, we have one common destiny; we will fight for our right."

He stated that the state was in the first position in the comity of oil producing states in the country, but has been reduced to third place following the ceding of its oil wells to neighbouring states in the Niger Delta region.

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