Some senators have opposed a motion by Senator Isaac Alfa which calls for the recognition of Kogi as an oil producing state. The senators opposed the bill on Wednesday, April 24, during plenary.
According the senators, the bill should be stepped down because the Senate has no power to declare a state an oil producing state.
Speaking at plenary, Senator Chukwuka Utazi said the committee on petroleum upstream is still handling the issue and as a result of that, the motion should be stepped down to allow the committee conclude their report.”
On his part, deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu who also opposed the motion said the Senate cannot declare a state as an oil producing state and as such the motion should be stepped down.
Senator Ali Ndume, however, said there is a need to constitute a committee to calm the nerves of the communities involved to assure them that the Senate is working.
Ekweremadu asked for the motion to be stepped down.
Opposing the motion, Senator Magnus Abe said the Senate has no power to declare a state an oil producing state according to Sec. 162.
Meanwhile, the Senate resolved to urge the governors of the three states of Anambra, Enugu and Kogi to resolve the crises between the various communities.
It also 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 914 & 916,
Going further, it urged 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.
It also directed the Senate committee on states and local government and petroleum upstream to ensure compliance with prayers I, II, III, and IV.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari may hold a frank meeting with two of the three aspirants for Senate president - Senator Danjuma Goje and Senator Ali Ndume - on the adoption of Senator Ahmad Lawan for the office.
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