Crisis brews in Bauchi and Gombe communities over new oil discovery

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Given that both Bauchi and Gombe States have begun asserting ownership of the oil wells, a crisis over the ownership of the Kolmani Oil and Gas field looks to be developing.

The two states have also accused one another of trying to take over the facility, which is thought to hold 500 billion standard cubic feet of gas and one billion barrels of crude oil reserves.

Only two weeks have passed since President Muhammadu Buhari officially opened the Kolmani oil field to Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited and its joint venture partners for the purpose of conducting oil exploration.

According to reports, Kolmani in North-East Nigeria has oil in commercial quantities. Kolmani One, Two, Three, Four, and Five are all covered by Oil Prospecting Licences 809 and 810.

Meanwhile, Special Adviser to Gombe State Governor on Information Management and Strategy, Alhaji Ahmed Gara-Gombe, blamed the boundary commission for the controversy, insisting the oil site belongs to Gombe state.

He stated, “The truth of the matter is that the Kolmani oil well is in Gombe State; Akko Local Government, Pindiga emirate, Tai district, Kaltanga Mamuda ward. It has nothing to do with Bauchi State or Alkaleri Local Government.

“If putting the records straight is what is seen as a crisis, so be it. The National Boundary Commission, the NNPC are hypocrites in this matter, they know the truth and they should come out clean.”

According to Gara-Gombe, the solution is to give Gombe what belongs to it, adding, “Kolmani One is in Bauchi State in Alkeleri, let them go and explore that one. Four oil wells are in Gombe.’’

He further stated, ‘’Again, we need an independent jury to determine and verify our claims. Our people whose land was dubiously taken in the name of access road and were paid between N64,000 to N117,000 as compensation by the NNPC must be paid appropriately.

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“NNPC must go to Gombe side and also construct a road like they did on the Bauchi side. Besides, Pindiga (Gombe) to Kolmani is shorter and friendly terrain than the Bauchi (side) which is longer and an unfriendly terrain.’’

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