Some stakeholders in Bayelsa have applauded plans to hold the maiden edition of Nigeria Oil Well Festival in Oloibiri from Dec. 28 to Jan. 14, 2018.

According to the stakeholders, the festival will be a significant event to re-awaken the consciousness of the people to the potential of the area.

The first oil and gas field in Nigeria was found in January 15, 1956 in Oloibiri, a small creek community in Ogbia Local Government area of Bayelsa.

The stakeholders, who spoke to NAN in Yenagoa on Tuesday after a meeting to plan ahead of the festival, said the initiative was a welcome development.

Mr Noble Akenga, the Chairman of the meeting, said that the festival would not only boost tourism, but also re-awaken the consciousness of the people to the potential of the area which could be tapped for their betterment.

“Yes, it is going to be a significant event in the history of Oloibiri, the genesis of oil in West Africa, Bayelsa, Niger-Delta and Nigeria at large.

“The idea is to re-awaken the people and Nigerians to know what they have in the land and to set a road map for tourism development in the area instead of abandoning the place,” he said.

Mrs Faith Wilkinson, the President of Oloibiri Oil and Gas Entrepreneurship Development Initiative, said the festival was necessary to bring the nation’s historic oil community back to live.

Wilkinson, also Coordinator, Planning Committee of the event, expressed optimism that the programme would promote the rich culture of…

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