Re­sume oil search in Chad Basin, Buhari or­ders NNPC

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Daniel Adugbo

The Pres­i­dent, Muham­madu Buhari, has di­rected the Nige­rian Na­tional Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) to re­sume oil ex­pe­di­tion and gas ex­plo­ration ac­tiv­i­ties in the in­land fron­tier basins of North­ern Nige­ria, es­pe­cially the Chad Basin and the Kol­mani River in the Benue Trough.

The Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor (GMD) of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, dis­closed this, yes­ter­day, when he re­ceived the Gov­er­nor of Bauchi State, Mo­hammed Abubakar, in his of­fice in Abuja.

The NNPC, through its Fron­tier Ex­plo­ration Ser­vices and Re­new­able En­ergy Divi­sion (FESRED), had pro­gressed with seis­mic ac­qui­si­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in the Chad Basin fron­tier area un­til in­sur­gency forced it to sus­pend its oper­a­tion there.

Baru said: “We have ex­plo­ration ac­tiv­i­ties on the fron­tier basin, that is in the Chad, and also there is some area close to the Kol­mani River (Bauchi State) where Shell had made some in­dica­tive dis­cov­ery of hy­dro­car­bons and Mr Pres­i­dent has di­rected me to go into that area to im­prove and fur­ther ex­plore the mag­ni­tude and prospec­tiv­ity of those finds.”

He said that the cor­po­ra­tion would re­strate­gise with a view to get­ting into those re­gions.

“We will rein­vig­o­rate the Fron­tier Ex­plo­ration Ser­vices and see how they can col­lab­o­rate with NNDC that is hold­ing Block 809 where some of the finds have been found and also the DPR for the other blocks that have not been as­signed,” he added.

Mean­while, the As­so­ci­a­tion of In­land Basin States of North­ern Nige­ria (APIBONN) has re­it­er­ated its call for a per­ma­nent or stand-alone agency to over­see ex­plo­ration of new hy­dro­car­bon de­posits in the Fron­tier Basins in the North.

The In­terim Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of APIBONN, Engr. Yabagi Sani, said: “It is when you have some­body from the North as pres­i­dent, that is why you hear the NNPC talk­ing about ex­plo­ration in the North.

“We com­mend ef­forts of the gov­er­nor and the GMD but that is not the so­lu­tion. We are ag­i­tat­ing for a per­ma­nent struc­ture that will out­live this ad­min­is­tra­tion, like get­ting the Na­tional As­sem­bly to quickly pass the bill on in­land basin fron­tier agency into law, so that we will have a law that will com­pel whoever is the pres­i­dent, at any point in time, to con­tinue with th­ese ef­forts.”

Newly NNPC Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Maikanti Baru re­ceived by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari at the villa re­cently

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