*as Anambra becomes 10th oil producing state
Two former Anambra governors Senator Chris Ngige, Dame Virgy Etiaba and the former Governor of the Central Bank, Professor Chukwuma Soludo have described the declaration of the state as the tenth member of the oil producing states club vide the commissioning of oil production facilities of the Orient Petroleum Resources at Aguleri by President Goodluck Jonathan as a blessing to state.
Senator Ngige in an interview noted that, “This is a mile stone in the anals of our dear Anambra State because at last our state has officially been confirmed as an oil producing state.
“While I was here as governor my administration invited investors from far and wide when we made public the shares of Orient Petroleum and it was chaired by Chief Emeka Anyaoku at Tourist Garden Hotel Awka. On that day we made a draft of N100 million and promised to make available substantial amount of money when all the paper works have been concluded”
“So I congratulate Orient Petroleum and the entire people of Anambra State for this great achievement. But I must add that the revenue accruing from oil should be put to use judiciously and provide social security for the people of Anambra State and cost communities.
Professor Soludo said that with Orient Petroleum the state is going through transformation in the area of economy and social development.
“I call it wonderful. It is a great day for Anambra State and the beginning of a long journey towards transformation of our state. Oil can be a blessing and can also be a cause. But let it be only blessing to our dear state.
“Anambra should utilize such great achievement effectively such that in the next six to eight years it will not need a kobo to run the recurrent expenditure of the State”.
“Soludo noted that it would jump start aggressive and strategic socio economic development of the state adding that;
“I pray that the production of oil would also create a friendly environment in our state and I urge those involved in this to see it as a challenge in liberating the economic status of the state from what it sis now to higher level. That is why I say it is wonderful”.
Etiaba pointed out that Anambra state was going to be an oil producing state with a difference as it began with pioneering the first wholly indigenous and private oil prospecting and refining company.
That she during her stint as the governor of the state did well to ensure the realization of the epoch making event of the day.