Be­gin oil search in Yobe, Gaidam tells NNPC

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamisu Kabir Matazu, Da­maturu

Yobe State Gov­er­nor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has asked the Nige­ria Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) to be­gin oil prospect­ing in the Yobe sec­tor of the Lake Chad Basin.

He said ‘struc­tural and ge­o­logic sim­i­lar­i­ties’ be­tween Yobe State and neigh­bour­ing Niger and Chad Republics, where oil had been found in com­mer­cial quan­ti­ties in their sec­tors of the Lake Chad Basin, might point to the avail­abil­ity of hy­dro­car­bon de­posits in the state.

Gaidam spoke yes­ter­day dur­ing a visit to the Group Manag­ing Direc­tor of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Kachal­lah Baru at the NNPC head­quar­ters in Abuja.

He said, “The parts of these neigh­bour­ing coun­tries where oil dis­cov­er­ies were made have been as­cer­tained to have com­mon struc­tural fea­tures with the Chad Basin part of the North East, es­pe­cially Borno and Yobe states. It is in view of this that I ap­peal to the Fed­eral Govern­ment through the Group Manag­ing Direc­tor, NNPC to com­mence the ex­plo­ration of oil and gas in the Chad Basin sec­tion of Yobe State as early as pos­si­ble.”

On his part, Dr. Baru, said that ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the NNPC had in­di­cated some area of in­ter­est in the eastern part of Yobe State.

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State (left) with the Group Manag­ing Direc­tor of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, when the gov­er­nor vis­ited the NNPC Tow­ers in Abuja yes­ter­day

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