Senate rejects motion seeking to recognise Kogi as oil producing state
The Senate on Wednesday rejected a motion seeking recognition for Kogi State as an oil producing state.
The motion was rejected following observations by senators at plenary that the Senate lacked the powers to declare any state as oil producing entity through a mere motion.
Senator Isaac Alfa who moved the motion, however refused to withdraw it despite persuasion from his colleagues to do so, saying, “I have moved the motion and I am not ready to withdraw it”.
Senator Alfa moved the motion following what he described as restiveness in border communities contiguous to Kogi, Enugu and Edo states.
The Senate urged governors of the three states and other stakeholders to resolve the communal crises in their various communities.
It also called on the Federal Government urged to direct the National Boundary Commission to its report on the determination of the boundaries contiguous to OPLs 915 & 916.
It’s the quest for derivation from oil resources in the OPLs 915/916 that has continued to trigger communal clashes in the communities.
The lawmakers similarly appealed to the Federal Government and governments in the affected states to ensure that the displaced persons in the communities are allowed to return to their homes and adequate compensation paid to them.