Obiano inaugurates reconstituted Anambra oil and gas committee

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By Sunny A. David, Awka
An eleven-member Anambra State Oil and Gas Committee has been inaugurated by Governor Willie Obiano at his country home of Aguleri.
The members are Engineer Frank Edozie, Chairman, Commissioner for Tertiary and Technical Education, Professor Theresa Obiekezie, the Managing Director, Orient Petroleum Limited, Engineer. Sunny Okoye, Commissioner for Works, Engineer Marcel Ifejiofor and Barr Patrick Igwebuike.
Others are Professor Charles Ofoegbu, Dr Arinze Agbim, Engineer Gibson Okeke, Dr. Ike Nwobodo, Engineer Aloy Attah and Engineer Emma Offor.
The Committee has major among its terms of reference, to help the state develop a world-class Oil and Gas blueprint, to promote and sustain cordial rapport between Anambra State Government and line Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, to attract and keep record of all investors in the State Oil and Gas among others.
Inaugurating the Committee, Governor Obiano who noted that the State has a very large deposit of Gas, said it is the objective of his administration that Anambra will have an Oil and Gas Company with the required operating licence.
He acknowledged the outstanding work done by former Chairman of the Committee, the Late Dr. Emmanuel Egboga in getting Anambra to be listed as an oil producing state and tasked the new committee to intensify efforts in that light.
The Governor also charged the committee to endeavor to rein in the Oil Company working at Ogwuikpele in Ogbaru Council Area and the Orient Petroleum Limited, assuring them of his support.
The Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, in a remark, said the Committee is important as Oil and Gas constitute a major pillar of the economic blueprint of the present administration, adding that it was reconstituted for greater efficiency.
Responding, the Chairman of the Committee, Engineer Edozie thanked the Governor for the opportunity to serve the state, promising that with the composition of the committee, they will deliver.

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