Oil Exploration: Niger State Draws Buhari's Attention To Bida Basin


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Niger State government
has informed the President
Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal
Government of large quantiBida
Basin awaiting exploration.
In a statement by Commissioner for Information, Culture and
Tourism, Jonathan Vatsa, the
government said the immediate
past state government, through
a committee it set up, had
confirmed the availability of large quantity of crude oil in the
Bida Basin.
The statement read: “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.”
The Commissioner said if the Bida Basin could be included in
the renewed search for
hydrocarbon deposits and it
would be a giant step that can
step up the economic potential
not only for the state but for the country as a whole.
It would be recalled that the
Group Managing Director of
Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti
Baru, hinted recently that government was stepping up
measures in the search for crude
oil in the Chad Basin and other
parts of the inland sedimentary
basin.
Niger State government had, in a bid to join the oil producing
states in the country, re-
awakened efforts to give full
support to the proposal on the
Bida Basin hydrocarbon
research that was initiated by the state-owned Ibrahim Badamasi
Babangida University, Lapai, in
2010.
In 2011, a 24-man committee,
under the chairmanship of
General M. I. Wushishi, called Gubernatorial Committee on the
Development of Bida Basin,
GCDBB, was inaugurated by the
state government with the
mandate to establish facts about
the availability of oil and gas in Bida Basin and give
recommendations.