The long battle between the people of Kogi and Anambra states over the ownership of an oil field on Ibaji land had claimed lives and property before the former was recently declared an oil-producing state, Daily Trust on Sunday reports.
It was a dream come true for the people of Kogi State, particularly Ibaji land when Governor Yahaya Bello announced that the state had received the first tranche of 13 percent derivation allocation as an oil-producing zone in the country.
Ibaji Local Government Area is located along the coast of River Niger, bordered by Edo, Enugu, and Anambra states. It occupies 1,377km² lands with a population of almost 180,000 people, according to the National Population Commission’s data.
Daily Trust on Sunday reports that by this feat, Kogi has become the first state in northern Nigeria to join the league of oil-producing states like Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, and Imo.
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“I am elated to announce to the good people of Kogi State that my administration has received our first derivation allocation as an oil-producing state, the governor announced on October 20, 2022.
Governor Bello said the derivation allocation would make him do more for the people, adding, “Let me reiterate this to the people of Kogi State, that my promise to make their resources work for them is iron cast.