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Diary of a Quintessential Leader: As OBA Works for Our Money

It dates back to 1957, when oil was discovered in Nigeria. Our present economy is driven by the proceeds of oil.
That some states are advantaged compared to others in terms of monthly federal allocations is occasioned by oil presence in each state.
The nine states of the Niger Delta: Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers CANNOT receive the same as Kebbi, Zamfara and the rest, because oil is from the above mentioned states.
For the past three years, Distinguished Senator Bassey Albert Akpan has done what the nation has already appreciated him for. The APC – controlled Senate found him fit to preside over the committee on Petroleum (Upstream), and in his leadership and result – oriented prowess, OBA has made the nation proud by ensuring that the major source of the nation’s revenue is properly harnessed for effective result. He settled the fracas between the two major oil stakeholders in the country, the NNPC and Chevron ,and this has led to increase in our purse, which translates to the Niger Delta states, including Akwa Ibom receiving more from the Federal Account and Allocations Committee (FAAC).
OBA’s committee on oil has repeatedly been rated the best since 1999, given the achievements recorded, such as the successful implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act, proper communication and synergy with International Oil Companies (IOCs), and many more.
In September, 2021, it was OBA that settled the rift between Akwa Ibom State Government and Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd.
The Akwa Ibom State Government had complained that the Total Ltd. had failed to renew the MoU with oil exploring host communities. The state commissioner for Power and Petroleum, Dr. John James Etim made a formal request to Distinguished Senator Bassey Albert to wade in and settle the rift, which resulted in the meeting between OBA, the Total representatives, the Paramount Ruler of Itu, Edidem (Dr.) Edet Inyang, the commissioner for Power and Petroleum and other stakeholders on 15th September, 2021.
These services, among many others have contributed to the growth of the nation, including Akwa Ibom State.
There has been a hindrance to this development: oil theft. Stealing from the source of the nation’s wealth would bring deplete in what gives the nation money. No wonder the Senate swong to action by setting up the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Oil Theft. OBA was named the chairman of the committee, made up of the likes of the former Governor of Borno State, who is the Vice – Presidential candidate of the APC, Alhaji Kasheem Shettima and other important national personalities.
Just for the past two weeks, OBA has been touring the nation for oversight function of the Senate to ensure that our major source of money is protected.
Back home, isn’t this a national icon? Isn’t this worth our collective respect? Where is our money from? Is it not from oil proceeds where OBA works tirelessly for?
Yes, the money we are enjoying in the nation, including Akwa Ibom State, OBA is the one presently working for it, and he deserves our collective respect and honour.
By Ishmael Esenam

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