Daily Trust (Abuja)

30 January 2013

Nigeria: Reps to Probe Oml 30 Allocation

The House of Representatives yesterday mandated its Committee on Petroleum Resources and Upstream to investigation the sale of Oil Mining Licence (OML) 30 to an alleged questionable oil exploring company.

This was sequel to a motion brought by Rep Tajudeen Yusuf (PDP, Kogi) and seconded by Rep Sunday Adepoju (ACN, Oyo) under matter of urgent national interest.

"Sometime in November 2012, OML 30 located in the western Niger Delta area was sold to Heritage, a company managed by a British National. The sale of OML 30 did not factor in the right of Nigerians to know how their commonwealth is managed.

"The sale of OML 30 to Heritage Oil, a company, whose Chief Executive antecedent is allegedly unsavoury, is highly disturbing. The past activities of the British boss owner of Heritage Oil led to prolonged militia operations and political instability in Angola and Equitorial Guinea," Yusuf said.

Speaker Aminu Tambuwal said the motion was a straight one and does not require further debate.

It was subsequently referred to the committee for further legislative duties and given three weeks to report to the House.

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