B/Haram at­tacks: We won’t chicken out of oil search — UniMaid VC

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Daniel Adugbo

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.

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