Probe how oil wells were allocated in past administrations too – Jonathan dares Buhari

By Amako Nneji May 27, 2015 17:43

Probe how oil wells were allocated in past administrations too – Jonathan dares Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan has called on the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to showcase his anti-corruption stance by going beyond his (Jonathan) administration to probe the way oil wells and fields were allocated in the past.

Jonathan, who said this on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa during the valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, which he presided over, insisted that anything less than that would be witch hunting.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Business and Rules, Senator Ita Enang, had previously made the shocking revelation that 83 per cent of oil blocks in the country were owned by Northerners.

“There should be equity and federal character in the allocation of oil blocks in this country. Eighty-three per cent of all present oil blocks are held by northerners,”

Enang said this on the floor of the Senate, without any of the senior lawmakers contradicting him.

Enang, representing Akwa Ibom North-East (Uyo) Senatorial District, therefore demanded a review of oil block licenses in the country, even as other senators from the South urged him on.

Enang’s disclosure came a day after the debate on the Petroleum Industry Bill had split the senators along North-South lines. The senators held a rowdy session as those from the North stoutly opposed the provision of a 10 per cent Host Community Fund in the bill.

Strengthening his submission, Senator Enang gave a summary of major oil blocks vis-a-vis their ownership.

Enang said Cavendish Petroleum, the operators of OML 110, awarded to Alhaji Mai Deribe of Borno State (North East), makes an average of about N4bn monthly.

Enang stated, “Seplat/Platform Petroleum, operators of the ASUOKPU/UMUTU marginal field has Prince Sanusi Lamido (not CBN Governor) as a major shareholder and Director.

“South Atlantic Petroleum Limited (SAPETRO) was established by Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, who is also the Chairman of ENI Nigeria Limited. SAPETRO partnered with Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) and Brasoil Oil Services Company Nigeria Limited to become operators of the OPL 246.

“AMNI International Petroleum and Development Company are owned by Alhaji (Colonel) Sani Bello of Kotangora, Niger State. They are operators of OML 112 and OML 117.

“A former Petroleum minister and former OPEC chairman, Rilwanu Lukman, another northerner, manages AMNI oil blocks and with very key interests in the NNPC/Vitol trading deal.

“Oriental Energy Resources Limited, a company owned by Alhaji Indimi, runs three oil blocks: OML 15, the Okwok field and the Ebok field.

“Alhaji Aminu Dantata’s Express Petroleum and Gas Limited operate OML 108.

“OML 113 allocated to Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Limited is owned by Alhaji. W.I. Folawiyo.

“OPL 291 was awarded to Starcrest Energy Nigeria Limited, owned by Emeka Offor, which was sold by Starcrest to Addax Petroleum.