The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has stated that Anambra, Enugu and Kogi States are as yet not oil producing states.
DPR stated this in a letter addressed to the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream).
In the letter, oil-regulating agency said that the three states can be declared such after some requisite conditions are met.
One of the conditions, it said, is the oil firm in the area, Orient Oil, scales up its operations from oil prospecting to oil mining lease.
The Department said that the states, however, have not met the necessary requirements, hence cannot be categorised as oil producing states which is why he sought the commission’s attention.
On his part, Chairman of the Senate Committee, Senator Tayo Alasoadura said the committee could not immediately resolve the issue as it involves the contentious boundary between the three states.
Referring to report that the Federal Government has confirmed Anambra as oil producing state, Alasoadura said his committee lacked the power to declare an oil-producing status on a state.
He said the agency should settle the matter with the National Boundary Commission (NBC).
Speaking, Senator Chukwuka Utazi said:
“I didn’t know that this motion would come up, because we had already resolved the issue when Senator Isaac Mohammed Alfa was away.
“Kogi and Enugu states do not have problem; the two are in agreement. But Enugu and Anambra are not in agreement.
“We in Enugu want to be declared as oil producing state too. Let that be done pending when the boundary commission finishes its work.”
He added that Orient Oil, within seven years, moved from 3,000 to 10,000 barrels a day and that “an oil company that had been able to move from 3,000 to 10,000 barrels per day should have graduated from oil prospecting to oil mining lease.”
He said that they would go to the DPR to find out why Orient Oil refused to move from oil prospecting to oil mining lease.