PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has ordered for deeper inquest into hitherto neglected findings on crude oil deposits in some areas in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru made this disclosure yesterday while receiving the governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Mohammed Abubakar who was on a courtesy visit to the NNPC Towers in Abuja. Dr. Baru informed that the renewed search for hydrocarbon deposits in the Chad Basin would entail extensive probing of some allocated and non-allocated oil blocks in the region with a view to establishing the magnitude of the deposits. In his opening remarks, Governor Abubakar said he was leading a delegation of Bauchi State government officials to the NNPC Towers to felicitate with the new GMD on his appointment, noting that Bauchi State was proud of Baru and his accomplishments so far in the oil and gas industry. Briefing the visiting governor on the intensification of crude oil search in the north, the NNPC GMD noted that the corporation had identified specific oil blocks in the area where some findings had been made and would move to re- invigorate exploration based on fresh strategy. “You know that very close home we have exploration activities on the frontier basin in the Chad and some areas close to the Kolmani river where
Shell had made some indicative discovery of hydrocarbons, and Mr. President has directed me to go into that area to reprove and further explore the magnitude and prospectivity of those findings. We are taking steps to re-strategise and get into those regions. We will re-invigorate the frontier exploration and see how they collaborate with NNPC that is holding Block A09 where some of the finds have been made and also Department for Petroleum Resources, DPR, for the other blocks that have not been assigned,” he said. Baru implored the Bauchi State governor to collaborate
with the corporation in tackling the menace of pipeline vandalism, especially in the wake of reported line breaks along the NNPC products supply line from Jos-Gombe- Bauchi enroute the Maiduguri depot. Backing to Baru’s elevation to the position of GMD, Governor Abubakar stated that the government and people of the state would continue to support and pray for the GMD to ensure that his dreams for the NNPC came to fruition as he steer the ship of the NNPC away from obviously turbulent waters amid tumbling crude oil prices.


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