Following the discovery of large quantity of crude oil in Iga, Uzo-Uwani Local Government area of Enugu State, the state is now set to join the league of oil-producing states in Nigeria. The chairman, Uzo- Uwani local government council, Mr. Cornel Onwubuya, who made the disclosure at Umulokpa, the council headquarters when he received members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Enugu state Council, stated that his council was also blessed with other resources such as silicon and agrarian land for extensive agriculture .
Inspecting projects being executed by his administration, the chairman said that already, Orient Petroleum Company Limited has started lifting crude oil from the local government and charged the Federal Government to begin the process of listing Enugu State as one of the oil-producing states.
Onwubuya said: “Oil was found at Iga community in Uzo-Uwani local government area, and one company called Orient Petroleum is at the moment lifting crude oil from that community. So I want to say that Enugu State will soon join the league of oil producing states in the country.”
He further disclosed that available record showed that crude oil deposits within the local government area would last for about 100 years, while natural gas also found in the area, was estimated to last for 200 years.
Onwubuya appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that the people of Enugu state, especially Uzo- Uwani people, benefit from the earnings accruing from the exploitation of crude oil and gas deposits in the area.