BARELY two days after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered for deeper inquest for crude oil in the Chad Basin, Niger State Government has called on the Federal Government not to forget the Bida basin, but also intensify the search for its crude oil. While commending the President Buhari led- administration for stepping up measures for prosperity in the region, the Niger State government said the search will not be complete in the north until Bida Basin, which has a lot of potentials is included. According to a statement issued yesterday by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Comrade Jonathan Tsado Vatsa called on the Federal government to remember Bida basin because there had been several intensification of crude oil search with re-invigorated exploration based on fresh strategy. It should be recalled that the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru hinted recently that the government is stepping up measures to ensure a successful operation in the ongoing 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, reawakened 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, IBBUL in 2010. This, according to Vatsa is a gaint step that can step up the economic potential of the state and the country if included in the renewed search for hydrocarbon deposits. It should be noted that a 24 man committee under the chairmanship of General M.I Wushishi called Gubernatorial Committee on the Development of Bida Basin, GCDBB, on October 15, 2011, was inaugurated with the mandate to establish facts about the availability of oil and gas in Bida basin, and findings of the committee were positive.


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