Niger state is keen on being one of the oil producing states in Nigeria, as the state’s government has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to include it as one of those penciled for oil exploration in the north.
Niger state government said there is a large quantity of crude oil in Bida Basin waiting for exploration.
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Jonathan Vatsa, said this in a statement released by the state government.
According to him, the immediate past state government, had through a committee it set up, confirmed the availability of large quantity of crude oil in the Bida Basin.
“The search for crude oil will not be complete in the North until Bida Basin, which has a lot of potential, is included because there had been several intensification of crude oil search with re-invigorated exploration based on fresh strategy,” part of the statement reads.
He said the inclusion of Bida Basin in the Federal Government’s renewed search for hydrocarbon deposits would in no small way boost the economy of the nation.
The group managing director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr. Maikanti Baru, has recently said that government is making efforts to start crude oil exploration in the Chad Basin and other parts of the inland sedimentary basin.
Owing to the incessant destruction of oil pipelines and installation in the Niger Delta regions, the Buhari-led Federal Government, is making efforts to see that exploration of oil in the North East starts in earnest.
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