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 organized by the Environmental impact Assessment Department of the Federal Ministry of Environment was held in Agulu Anaocha Council Area of the state.
According to the Governor, SEEPCO had been operating in Ogwuaniocha and Ogwuikpele communities since 2014 without registering with the state nor observe the rules in the exploration industry and expressed 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.
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 and urged the minister of state for environment Barr. Sharon Ikeazor who was present at the meeting to help Anambra assess the ecological fund to help the state salvage its remaining land mass.
Some Dignitaries at the meeting were 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.