NNPC To Resume ‘Oil Exploration In Anambra, Sokoto, Benue And Chad Basin’

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation announced on Thursday that successful oil exploration in the Sokoto Basin and other regions will resume.

The corporation’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, said exploration for crude would resume in the Sokoto Basin, according to a statement released by NNPC spokesperson Kennie Obateru in Abuja on Thursday.

“Kyari also hinted of plans for the company to restart active exploration activities in the Sokoto Basin,” according to the release.

On Thursday, the NNPC chairman revealed this while receiving Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, who paid Kyari a courtesy visit in his office.

During the spud-in ceremony of the Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin, in the North-East, in October 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) said the government will explore for oil and gas in the frontier basins across the region.

The Benue Trough, Chad Basin, Sokoto, and Bida Basins were among the basins he mentioned.

Buhari also announced that the Dahomey and Anambra Basins, which have already seen oil and gas discoveries, would be given special attention.

Kyari reaffirmed NNPC’s commitment to the biofuels partnership with Kebbi State, calling the project viable and in line with the global shift to renewable energy.

He said that the state’s rice production program provided a significant boost to the biofuels project.

According to Kyari, tying the agricultural and energy sectors together will boost economic growth and bring prosperity to the people.

“We will go ahead and renew the Memorandum of Understanding and put in any requisite amendments to make this company run faster,” he was quoted as saying.

The governor of Kebbi State thanked the NNPC for its assistance on the project.

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