Obigbo is a town 30 kilometers from the port city of Port Harcourt and a local government area of Rivers State, Nigeria. It is a satellite of Port Harcourt.[citation needed]

Obigbo

Obigbo
Nickname(s): 
Ob
CountryNigeria
StateRivers State
Date created1991
SeatAfam
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Sir Precious Oforji was elected Chairman of the Oyigbo LGA in 2008.[1] EZE Mike Nwaji was installed the traditional king of Obigbo in 1998.[clarification needed][2]

Oil and gas explorationEdit

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) operates an oil well in the LGA.[3] Eastern Network Gas Pipeline (Alscon pipeline) passes through Oyigbo in the north.[4]:5 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the Rivers State Government under Gov. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi pledged to work together to restore production activities at the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC operated Oyigbo Gas Plant.[5] On November 1, 2013, citing considerable health and safety risk to people, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), JV shut down Oyigbo gas plant over encroachment on the right-of-way of gas pipelines.[6]

On June 28, 2015, SPDC JV's announced that its Afam VI located in Okoloma village of Oyigbo had delivered 20 million MWh of electricity into the national grid and created over 150 jobs.[7]

DemographicsEdit

The Oyigbo people are of Igbo extraction.[citation needed]

In popular cultureEdit

According to Sola Adeyemi, an associate lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London,[8] the town "O" in Timothy Ogene's The Day Ends Like Any Day refers to Oyigbo:

"The Day... starts with Sam growing up in Oyigbo, near Port-Harcourt, a vibrant community only identified as O. in the book. The author’s choice of 'O' could be a distanciation technique, as there are several towns around Port-Harcourt with names beginning with O, such as Okrika, Ogbogoro, Old Banana or Onne, to mention a few. However, the description of the blocks of residence and the environment recognisably describes Oyigbo, 'lying east of Port Harcourt, south of the new highway [A3 motorway] that runs from Aba to Port Harcourt, and west of the murky Imo River'" (p. 8).[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Odimegwu Onwumere (31 Oct 2008). "Grassroots Politics, Precious Oforji's Example". Modern Ghana Media Communication Limited. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  2. ^ Prince Oswald Nwaji (July 22, 2009). "Peaceful Oyigbo". The Port Harcourt Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  3. ^ Odimegwu Onwumere (12 Dec 2008). "Shell Neglects Shell Road In Oyigbo L.G. A". Modern Ghana Media Communication Limited. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  4. ^ "Role of Nigerian Gas Company in the Nigerian Electricity Industry" (PDF). nipptransactions.com. June 2013.
  5. ^ "NNPC, Rivers Government Move to Resuscitate Oyigbo Gas Plant". nnpcgroup.com.
  6. ^ "SPDC JV shuts down Obigbo gas plant over encroachment on the right-of-way of gas pipelines". shell.com.ng.
  7. ^ "SPDC JV's Afam VI delivers 20million MWh electricity into national grid…creates over 150 jobs". shell.com.ng.
  8. ^ "Sola Adeyemi". Goldsmiths, University of London. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  9. ^ "The Day Ends Like Any Day | A Review by Sola Adeyemi – Africa Book Link". africabooklink.com. Retrieved 2018-07-16.

Coordinates: 4°52′41″N 7°7′42″E / 4.87806°N 7.12833°E / 4.87806; 7.12833