By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
The need to map out laws that will entrench economic growth in Ondo State took the center stage during a familiarisation visit of the State House of Assembly Committee on Petroleum, Environment, Bitumen and others to the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission Office, Akure.
The Committee assured that it will continue to support any initiative towards industrial drive of the State.
Led by its Chairman, Tope Akomolafe ,the Committee harped on the need to ensure that companies operating in the State take social responsibility of host communities as priority.
The Committee called for symbiotic relationship with the Management of the Commission, saying all hands must be on deck to achieve the set goal.
Earlier, the field Coordinator of the Commission, Alimi Murtala during a presentation to the committee on their activities on behalf of the Chief Executive, Gbenga Komolafe informed that the State is one of the nine oil producing states in Nigeria contributing significantly to the growth of the sector.
Murtala who noted that Ondo State is one of the luckiest States in the Southwest in terms of natural resources, posited that the visit signified a crucial collaboration between them and the Assembly in addressing the critical issues surrounding the petroleum industry.
He urged the lawmakers to work with the executive to ensure that the warring factions settle amicably towards putting off the fire of Ororo oil well, in Ororo community in Ilaje local government area of the State which has been burning since May, 2020 for the benefits of the State, Nigeria and unborn generation.
According to him, the commission is eager to work together with the House to advance the interests of the State and its citizens in the vital sector.
The Coordinator assured the Committee of constant engagement with the host communities in taking their views to the government.
Ondo State is the fifth oil producing States in the country, accounting for about 3.74 percent .crude oil.