By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has said he will be leaving the state next month as an oil producing state, with capacity to produce rice that can sustain itself.
Obiano said Anambra State would begin to earn 13 per cent derivation from oil production as an oil producing state. This he said while reading to journalists a text message from a regulatory agency, notifying him of the lifting of oil from the state and the intended payment.
The governor spoke to journalists in Aguleri, his home town, in Anambra East Local Government Area of the state after a tour of the Awka International Convention Centre and the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport in Umueri built in the second tenure of his administration.
‘I have been notified of the (intention of the Federal Government to commence payment of 13 percent derivation to Anambra by the Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Pricing and Regulatory Agency, who had confirmed lifting of crude oil in commercial quantity from the state.
‘Anambra has 15 oil wells with Eniye 10940 oil field operated by SEEPCO, fully operational and wholly owned by the state.’
Obiano also said the rice production capacity of the state had hit 530,000 metric tonnes yearly from the 85,000 metric tonnes capacity in 2014.
‘The revolution my administration brought into the agricultural sector had made the state become not only self-sufficient in production but a net exporter of the commodity,’ he said.
While stating that the demand for rice in the state was just 330,000 metric tonnes of the total output, the governor noted that a lot of businesses had been invested in the sector and that many families’ economies had been transformed.