Oil Wells Dispute: Rivers Fighting Lost Battle - Bayelsa


The Bayelsa State Government has called the neighbouring Rivers State to stop heating the polity over Oluasiri oil well/oil field, which had generated tension between the two states in recent time.
In a press statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Bayelsa State, Deacon Markson Fefegha, the state maintained the oil oils/field belongs to it and not Rivers.
Fefegha said he was compelled to issue a press statement in response to an earlier press statement issued by the Rivers State Government, which in his view was intended to cause disaffection between Ijaws in the two states.
He urged the Rivers State Governor, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, and his appointees to refrain from making inciting and inflammatory remarks capable of triggering off inter-communal crisis among the people, pointing out that the Bayelsa State Government had already restrained the Nembe people from responding to the threats and drums of war by the Kalabari people.
According to him, the 11th edition of the administrative map of Nigeria, further confirms the fact that River San Bartholomew is the boundary between Nembe of Bayelsa State and new Calabar (Kalabari) of Rivers State, which has metamorphosed into the boundary between the two states.
Besides, the Information Commissioner said there was presently no pending litigation over the Oluasiri oil wells/oil field between Rivers and Bayelsa States after the Supreme Court struck out the suit by the Rivers State Government challenging Bayelsa State’s ownership of Oluasiri oil wells/oilfield.
 

 dailytimes
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