At villa, Inuwa downplays rift between Gombe, Bauchi over oil fields

At villa, Inuwa downplays rift between Gombe, Bauchi over oil fields


Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has declared that there is no rift between the State and Bauchi States over the discovery of oil fields in North Eastern part of Nigeria.

There had been hostility over the ownership of the Kolmani oil and Gas in commercial value by the Oil Prospecting Licences 809 and 810, cutting across Kolmani One, Two, Three, Four and Five and Gas field.

But on Tuesday, Governor Yahaya disclosed this when he led a delegation of political, religious and business leaders from his State to State House, Abuja, to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for his role in the oil and gas.

This was captured in a statement by the Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina on Tuesday, said Gombe people came to express “profound appreciation and gratitude for the successful flag-off of the Kolmani oil project.”

He stated that such gigantic project was a milestone for the entire country, “as it will enhance our socio-economic fortunes, create jobs, and benefit farmers, business people, indeed, everyone.”

He assured of Community support for the venture, promising that along with Bauchi State, where the oil field is jointly situated, “we will ensure success of the project.”

He also said President Buhari had done his best for the Country, despite the tumultuous time in which he served, and history would be kind to him.

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The Governor also appreciated the President for other projects in the State like takeover of the airport by the Federal Government, siting of an Air Force Base, a Federal Polytechnic, among several others.

“We will remember you forever. You have left footprints that are indelible. History will be kind to you on efforts you made, despite the difficult times,” the Governor said.

Responding, President Buhari who described the visit as a “morale booster”, jocularly told them: “Thank you for coming to say thank you to me for doing my job. Thank you for appreciating the efforts”.

He recalled when he served as Petroleum Minister for over three years in the 1970s, “we developed the feasibility studies, believing it would further stabilize our polity. So, you should congratulate yourselves, rather than me for the oil find.

Earlier, the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll, described the Kolmani project as “historic, never to be forgotten by our people.”

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