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19 Northern Govs Storm Lake Chad in Search of Oil, Hire British Firm to Continue Drilling

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The 19 northern state governments have

intensified their search for oil and gas in the

region with the appointment of a British firm to

carry out the exploration activities.

This is coming about two weeks after President

Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Nigerian

National Petroleum Corporation to increase the

tempo of the crude oil find in the North-East.

The Chairman, Northern Nigeria Development

Company, owned by the 19 northern state

governments, Mallam Bashir Dalhatu, said the

company had commenced its prospects for oil

and gas in the Lake Chad and Benue basins, using

the services of the British company.

He stated this in Katsina when the company’s

board and management called on the state

governor, Aminu Masari, during their fact-finding

visit to the state.

He said, “We have engaged a British company that

is already working in the Lake Chad region and

from Niger and Chad side in the same area with

us and we have been meeting with the Nigerian

National Petroleum Corporation in order to put

efforts together..

“The Federal Government has also re-emphasised

to us, during those meetings, its total support for

exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in the

North-East of the country,” he said.

The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mr. Maikanti

Baru, confirmed that exploration activities were

going on in the frontier basin in Chad and in some

areas close to the Kolmani River, located in Bauchi

State, where Shell had made some indicative

discovery of hydrocarbons.

Baru said that the NNPC was currently taking

steps to re-strategise and get into those regions to

step up crude oil exploration activities.

Source: Punch

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