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