By Abdullahi Suleiman Otiwe.
The Kogi east senatorial aspirant and an experienced petroleum engineer with Chevron Nigeria Limited, Engr. John Ibrahim Ocheje has promised to launch Kogi into the comity of Oil Producing States in Nigeria.
Addressing the long thorny issue of Kogi Oil potential and its subsequent declaration for the rival state Anambra, the Kogi east senatorial aspirant holds that it is too open to deny the fact that the oil well in Ibaji his home Local Government Area does not belong to Kogi State.
In his letter of intent to contest the senatorial district Senate ticket under the People Democratic Party, Engr. John Ibrahim tags as one of his 5-points Agenda for the district to launch Kogi State into the comity of oil producing states in the country. Revealing the possibility of bringing this expectation of the people of the district and indeed that of the state into a reality, he said that the declaration of the oil well to Anambra state does not affect the fact that both Anambra and Kogi state can share mutual benefits of the oil well.
In his well considered view the boundary assessment done which led to the declaration of the oil well to Anambra could be reviewed stating that large chunk of the oil well belongs to Kogi State. To him, his over 26 years experience with Chevron Nigeria Limited has exposed him to similar issues nationally and globally. Accordingly, he promised that if elected he will use his expertise to ensure Kogi State is declared an Oil producing state.
According to him, Kogi State boundary was unjustly included in Anambra state’s boundary in the process of fulfilling the ambitions of few during the assessment of boundaries between Kogi and Anambra when the crisis was ongoing between the duo. He noted that no matter how long truth is suppressed, justice is a matter of inevitability.
Meanwhile, the issue of Kogi State oil potential has led to inter-communal clashes between the people of Ibaji local government area of Kogi State and the Aguleri community in Anambra state. While the clashes have led to death of many, the federal government’s intervention resulted in the declaration of the oil well in favour of Anambra state.
Engr. John Ibrahim stated that given the opportunity to represent the people of Kogi east at the National Assembly’s Upper Chamber, he shall through the instrumentality of rule of law ensure as a matter of equity and justice the federal government’s revisit to the issue to make sure Kogi State is declared an oil producing state.