The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, said he will urgently respond to a request by the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, to restore the Oil Mining License 46 to the state.

Buhari, in an audience with Diri at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, promised to respond to his request as quickly as possible.

The governor, who was accompanied to the meeting by his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, and the Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama, King Bubaraye Dakolo, sought the President’s intervention to address some critical infrastructural and developmental issues in the state.

 A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quoted Diri as saying that in pursuance of the President’s policy to establish six new federal universities of medical sciences and bio-medical technology in the country, the state was willing to hand over the Bayelsa Medical University to the Federal Government to cover the South-South.

The governor also noted that Bayelsa, being the most littoral and riverine state in Nigeria, grapples with peculiar environmental challenges that place a greater burden on the cost of infrastructure development.


He said, “This notwithstanding, successive administrations have made spirited efforts to connect the state through massive investment in roads and bridges. Yet we have the least road coverage in the country, which makes most communities inaccessible by road.

 “I solicit the President’s intervention to resolve the controversy surrounding the revoked Atala Marginal Oilfield (OML 46) licence, which is owned by the state government.

“The state government acquired the marginal field through the Bayelsa Oil Company Limited in 2003 but it was surprising that in April 2020, a few weeks after he assumed office, the federal government through the defunct Department of Petroleum Resources revoked the licence and reallocated it to a private company based on wrong information supplied to the relevant authorities.”

Buhari, in his brief response, assured the delegation that he will urgently respond to their request and act on them.

 “Given the period we are in, I know most of you are in the field campaigning. I will respond to your requests as quickly as possible,” he said.

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