B/Haram attacks: We won’t chicken out of oil search — UniMaid VC
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Ibrahim Njodi said despite the recent Boko Haram attacks on its staff, the institution would go ahead with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in search for hydrocarbon deposits in the Chad basin.
He stated this at the weekend in Maiduguri, while receiving a delegation from the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and the NNPC, led by Saidu Mohammed, Chief Operating Officer in charge of gas and power unit of the Corporation.
A statement from the NNPC said, Njodo told the delegation that though the entire University community was distraught by the incident, the university cannot “Chicken out” from doing what it is supposed to do, when eventually the NNPC re-organizes and return to exploration work in the area.
The Vc who said the university’s partnership with the corporation was about 12 years, described the attack as an act of God. He noted that though the situation is painful it must be seen as a necessary sacrifice for the development of the country.
Engineer Mohammed said as a responsible corporate entity the NNPC would do everything within its means to support the University and families of victims of the attack.
Meanwhile the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru upon return of the delegation, announced short term palliatives for victims of the attacks.