Begin oil search in Yobe, Gaidam tells NNPC
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