By Ejike Abana
Governor Willie Obiano has made a case for the federal government to address the illegal activities of Sterling Exploration and Energy Producing Company, SEEPCO, currently drilling oil in Ogbaru local government area. Governor Obiano stated this while declaring open Stakeholders Engagement on Environmental Impact Assessment on the proposed Ameshi Field Development Plan (OML 143) held in Agulu, Anaocha local government area.
The event is organized by the Environmental impact Assessment Department of the Federal Ministry of Environment, held in Agulu, Anaocha Council Area of the state.
The event is Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on The Proposed Ameshi Field Development in Ogbaru LGA by Sterling Exploration and Energy Producing Company.
Members of the stakeholders meeting are dominated by people with backgrounds in physical sciences, including engineers and physical scientists, as well as ecologists and social scientists.
According to the Governor, SEEPCO had been operating in Ogwuaniocha and Ogwuikpele communities since 2014 without registering with the state and observance of the rules in the exploration industry.
The Governor, while expressing optimism that the meeting will assess the extent seepco had gone with compliance to the communique of their last meeting and provide detailed information about its activities, stressing that it is public knowledge and in the public domain that Anambra is oil and gas producing.
Governor Obiano noted the current devastation of the host communities, pointing out that Ogbaru is flood-prone every year, resulting in erosion in the communities.
He urged the minister to help Anambra asses the ecological fund to help the state salvage its remaining land mass.
Minister of state for Environment, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, members of the Defence Headquarters, the Navy, other security agencies, Secretary to the state government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief of staff to Governor Obiano, Chief Primus Odili, the clergy, traditional rulers, among others also attended the meeting.