The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to take immediate steps to relocate the head offices of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) to Akwa Ibom State.
The House also ordered ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest publicly-traded international oil and gas companies, to relocate its operational base to the state.
The resolution followed a motion brought before the House by the member representing Ini Constituency, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong, at Tuesday plenary.
Ekpenyong in his submission informed the House that the relocation of the head offices of DPR and NAPIMS would have the ripple effect of forcing ExxonMobil to also relocate its headquarters to Akwa Ibom State.
He pointed out that the State contributes about 33% of Nigeria’s daily volume of oil production and is by far the highest oil producing State in Nigeria.
He said with the adverse environmental impacts caused by crude oil and natural gas production such as air and ground water pollution, damage to flora and fauna, exposure of biota to contaminants, among other hazards, ExxonMobil should have its operational base in the state, as such development would have positive economic impacts on the people.
“Whereas as the saying goes “to whom much is given, much is expected”, Akwa Ibom State having given the highest volume of oil and revenue to the Federal Republic of Nigeria expects the Federal Government to relocate the head offices of two NNPC subsidiaries, namely: Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), to Akwa Ibom State,” Ekpenyong said.
The Speaker of House, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, said the refusal of DPR and NAPIMS to relocate to the state was a deliberate attempt aimed at depriving Akwa Ibom people of their rights and privileges, and commended Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpeyong for sponsoring the Motion which he described as timely.
While commending the lawmakers for supporting the motion, which he said would foster development in Akwa Ibom State, the Speaker directed the Clerk, Mrs Mandu Umoren, to communicate the resolution of the House to the appropriate authorities.
The House therefore unanimously resolved that a copy of the resolution be forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the National Assembly from Akwa Ibom extraction.