The Igalamela Community Development Association, (ICDA) has taken its destiny in it’s hands by activating one of the most unique value addition programme in the community to bring to the fore abundant deposits of crude oil that are yet to be tapped.
Not withstanding that Kogi State has already been named an oil producing State on account of the crude oil discovered in Ibaji Local Government the Association is poised to championing a move to discover more oil wells in Kogi State starting with Igalamela.
To this end the ICDA organized a one-day seminar/town hall meeting on the topic: oil mining and oil prospects in Kogi State in Collaboration with NNPC Professorial Chair on Basinal Studies (Chief Professor Nuhu George Obaje)
The event which took place on Saturday 19th February 2022 had in attendance His Royal Highness the Etemahi Igalamela and Chairman Igalamela/Odolu Area Traditional Council Chief Abel Etuh, Religious and Political Leaders, as well as other eminent personalities.
Speaking at the seminar, the President of the association Mr. Isaac Inah expressed appreciation to NNPC and President, Muhammad Buhari, for the endowment of the professorial chair on an illustrious son of Igalamela, Professor Nuhu George Obaje.
According to Inah organizing the seminar at a most auspicious time when the country is faced with paucity of funds to execute projects and programmes speak on how determined the association is to bring economic prosperity to the land.
This he said is instructive and expedient based on the urgent need for diversification and sourcing for new revenue base to augment the depleting one.
He admonished the people to ensure effective participation so as to fully galvanize the actual essence of the programme.
The NNPC Chair Professor and traditional title holder of Oma-oja Etemahi Igalamela, Nuhu George Obaje, who is an indigene of the community and guest speaker for the seminar said despite dwindling fortunes, oil and gas will continue to be a major contributor to the Nigerian economy for many decades ahead.
According to him oil will continue to constitute the major primary source of energy despite the upscale in the development of renewable and alternative energies.
“Like in the status quo, it will bring the largest revenue into the Federation Account and derivation monies will continue to accrue to oil-bearing States depending on the amount of oil mined from within the State.”
He indicated that as the country moves towards decarbonization of her energy sources and resources, natural gas offers the opportunity for deployment as alternative clean energy.
He pointed out that Nigeria has abundant natural gas, far more than oil emphasising that natural gas is the antidote for industrialization, job creation and poverty elimination.
Speaking further he said “ninety five percent of Nigeria’s current oil production comes from the Niger Delta with minor inputs come from the Anambra Basin and the Dahomey Basin.
“Two Nigerian sedimentary basins straddle Kogi State, namely the Southern Bida Basin covering some parts of Kogi West (Kotonkarfe, Gegu, Ahoko) and the
Northern Anambra Basin covering all of Igalaland (Kogi East).
“Outside the Ibaji area, the oil deposits in these two basins in Kogi State are speculative and research conjecture as no oil is being mined and no operator has been licensed to operate.
“The oil deposit in the Echenno area in Ibaji LGA is licensed to an operator (Orient Petroleum), it is outside research conjecture and not speculative but confirmed.
“The two wells producing some quantity of oil there make Kogi State to be counted as an oil producing State. Federal Government is owner, Orient Petroleum is the licensee, and Kogi State benefits from getting 13 percent of any production made from the two wells.
“Echenno will benefit from the host community fund”. Speaking further, again he indicated that “Kogi State can derive far more funds if the research conjectured/speculative areas have been matured to operational areas with licensees.
“Many areas around Idah and Igalamela are moving from research speculative to near confirmed prospects.
“NNPC will deploy advanced technologies to move the prospects to confirmation. Once confirmed, operators will acquire lincences over the blocks, explore more and begin mining of the oil. This will lead to more derivation to Kogi State with Igalamela and Idah benefiting from the host community fund, in addition to employment generation.”
“These are the roles the Professorial Chair plays along the NNPC value chain in the exploration of Nigeria’s frontier basins, comprising the Anambra Basin, Benue Trough, Bida Basin, Chad Basin, Dahomey Basin and the Sokoto Basin.
“In these same ways, NNPC made the huge discovery of more than a billion barrels of oil in place in the Kolmani River 2 well in the Gongola Basin in Bauchi State.
“In all of these, political sagacity, entrepreneurial acumen and technocratic exposition must all be brought into synergy rather than at cross purposes to achieve the objective of prosperity for our people and poverty elimination from our land” he said.
The Professorial Chair was accomapanied by many research scientists, including Professor Taufik Adedosu, Director of Research, Innovation and Discoveries, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
Delivering goodwill messages at the occasion, a former Deputy Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly and also one-time member of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Ismaila Inah Hussaini,
said he was deeply involved in resolving the imbroglio between Anambra and Kogi States and finally getting Kogi State declared as an oil producing state.
He called on critical stakeholders in Kogi State and from the Igalamela and Ibaji communities to engage in an appreciation visit to the Presidency.
In the same light, Honorable Murtala Yakubu, a prominent political figure from Kogi State and an
indigene of the community expressed satisfaction with the presentation and promised to extend
whatever support possible to the community and the professorial chair.
After the seminar the association resolved to sensitize all the stakeholders including political office holders from the community to actively join hands with the Chair Professor to move current oil and gas potentials in Igalamela to actionable level by the NNPC.
They also resolved that the association would step up further action at bringing the dream to realization by putting in place a working committee that will push the desired follow up from the current stage.
Another resolution indicated that the association would be mandate to organize similar seminars to torchlight other areas of economic development such as cashew value chain production to help reduce the menace of unemployment and the attendant vices.
“The meeting resolved to call on all sons and daughters of the Community to avail themselves the opportunity to attend and support the forthcoming National Convention in April this year where adequate actionable decisions will be taken.
“The meeting commended the Chair Professor and his team for activating one of the most unique value addition programme in the community, and further praised the NNPC for finding their illustrious son worthy of this great service to the nation.”
Other prominent personalities at the occasion included the current Kogi State SIEC Commissioner from the Area, Hon Musa Adama (Babakeke) The Provost, Kogi State College of Health Sciences, Dr. Anyegwu, Captains of Industries from the area, political stalwarts, religious leaders and other community leaders and dignitaries..
Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho gives out state of the art Solar panels to Kogi East
The senator representing Kogi East Senatorial district in the Red Chamber, Jibrin Isah (Echocho), has given out high-powered solar panel lights to some communities in his senatorial district.
The state of the art solar lights packaged with fluorescent bulbs illuminating that have long lasting life span is targeted at providing high level of visibility for security agents and local vigilantes to counter criminal activities carried out by men of the underworld especially at night.
One of the recipients of the solar lights in Abejukolo-Ife, Omala Local Government Area of Kogi state, Comrade Jerry Ochada, said the intervention by Senator Echocho is a welcome development.
Ochada further thanked the ranking Senator for his intervention while hinting that “in the coming days, the solar lights will be installed along Omala local government area (Secretariat Road) and some streets in Sabongari Area of Abejukolo”.
The Senator also gifted 36 solar powered lights each to the Okenyi community in Ankpa local government area, Dekina township; Etutuekpe community in Dekina local government and Ugwolawo township in Ofu local government area.
Senator Echocho promised to donate more lights to other Local Government Areas before the end of 2023.
Natasha doles out N300, 000 for installation of Ohueta/Ogidi Community Transformer
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate in Kogi Central, Barr. Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has given N300,000 to Ohueta/Ogidi community in Okehi LGA to finance the installation of new transformer in the area.
The community has been experiencing total blackout for some months before the leaders of the community approached the PDP senatorial candidate to help in financing the installing of the new transformer for the people to enjoy the festive period.
Natasha in her philantropic disposition was eager to respond to the call by donating the money to end the days of blackout in the community.
The PDP senatorial candidate was represented by Director of Programs and Planning, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan Campaign Organization, Hon. Jacob Anebe who presented the money to the community leaders.
Anebe explained that the PDP senatorial candidate swiftly responded to the plea of the community leaders and donated the money to complete the installation of the new transformer for the residents of the community to enjoy the festive season.
He noted that Akpoti will continue to respond to the call of her people and do more when she gets to the Senate.
He further called on the people of Kogi Central to support and vote for Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan in the 2023 Kogi Central senatorial election to do more for the people of Kogi Central.
HOSTCOM applauds President Buhari for PIA
***asks for licence to operate modular refinery
Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for being the only Nigerian President that has actualized their dream by signing into law the Petroleum industry Act (PIA)
Paramount ruler of Nembe Kingdom Edmond Dakoru, spoke at the weekend during the official commissioning of the Abuja Liaison office of the HOSTCOM .
Speaking through his representative Erenghotie Ansley-Thomas Esq, he thanked the present administration for the (PIA), efforts of which he said previous administrations had frustrated.
“For a government to sign the PIA, which happens to be an improved version of what started in the past deserves our commendation. It takes the political will and commitment on the part of government and the drivers of that sector to be able to do that because several efforts have been frustrated several times”.
“For those who are not aware of how previous efforts were frustrated may not see what good we have received by the enactment into law of the PIA
Ansley-Thomas said the PIA has “principles set out for the protection of the environment, principles set out to address issues of Host Communities (HOSTCOM).
However, he expressed fear that any piece of legislation, no matter how well intentioned those who enacted it may be, until those saddled with the responsibility of operating it or giving expression to it come in tandem wit the spirit of the law, they may only be driving the letter, which could be compromised or sabotaged, as we have seen in so many cases.
“As much as we have a very robust legislation, it is important for HOSTCOM and other stakeholders to collaborate on how to enforce or tho insiststhe implementation of the PIA”.
On his part the National President of HOSTCOM His highness chief Benjamin Style Tamaranebi requested the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission and the Health, Safety, Environment and Community of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) and other relevant MDAs to use the earnest powers of their good offices to incorporate HOSTCOM’s budgetary provisions in their budgetary provisions by partnering with the Commission and Authority for Environmental intelligence gathering and data collation.
He also requested that HOSTCOM be provided with every project draft EIA to ensure the effective implementation of Sustainable Development processes.
He wants HOSTCOM to be allowed to monitor every project from Inception to commissioning.
Other demands are for HOSTCOM to be shortlisted in the NUPRC and NMDPRA protocollist.
The President also requested that HOSTCOM is given the opportunity participate and assist in providing environmental field
management plan from field to field basis as well as participate in ensuring building cryogenic plants on build, operate and own (BOO) basis in order to strategically end gas flaring.
He also wants payment of gas flare funds, and its remittance to be made to HCDT on project development and investment basis for Community sustainable development.
As an entity he also demanded that HOSTCOM be given license to operate modular refinery in the producing states to end illegal refining and crude oil theft and to have license to lift petroleum products for fairness and equity.
“The accomplishment of the aforementioned objectives will inevitably be the foundation that would overhaul the legacy mistakes to improved livelihood and socio-political and economic advancement of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing oil and gas and citizenry of our great country.
“We are optimistic that the bounty of your benevolence knows no bounds and would be memorable in the annals of HOSTCOM history to the producing oil and gas States in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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