The search for oil in the northern region of Nigeria has been taken to another level as the 19 northern governors have joined hands together to intensify their search for oil and gas in the region by appointing a British company to carry out the exploration activities.
According to Mallam Bashir Dalhatu, Chairman, Northern Nigeria Development Company, NNDC, owned by the 19 northern state governments, NNDC has already started prospecting for oil and gas in the Lake Chad and Benue basins, using the services of the British company.
Dalhatu disclosed the information in Katsina, Katsina State, during a visit of the company’s board and management to the State governor, on the sideline of their fact-finding visit to the state.
“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.”
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari gave a directive to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to begin the search for oil in the north-east and about two weeks ago, he ordered them to intensify their search.
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.
Meanwhile, Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode took to his Twitter handle on Thursday, August 11 to bare his mind on the issue, saying that Buhari will not hesitate to breakup the country if eventually crude oil is found in the north. On that bases, he stressed that it is his prayer that Buhari finds oil in commercial quantities.
The former minister however, expressed fear that if oil is not found, the northerners will continue to be the greatest opposition to the peaceful division that Nigeria needs.