President Muhammadu Buhari has been called to, as a matter of urgency, investigate the $3billion oil exploration in the North.
Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Senator Shehu Sani who made the call when he received members of Kaduna State Students’ Union on a courtesy call in his Kaduna office, said President Muhammadu Buhari should set up a committee to investigate oil exploration in the north as the sum of over 3 Billion US Dollars had been wasted on the so-called white elephant project without any hope of getting the oil.
Sani, Chairman, Senate Committee on foreign and domestic debts, as well as Vice Chairman, Senate committee on foreign affairs, added that Buhari should not limit probe to Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, but extend it to past governments for them to explain the wealth they amassed which they cannot justify.
According to him, “If we cannot get oil, we must get our money back because so far over 3 billion US Dollars had been wasted on oil exploration in the north, particularly in the Chad Basin and Benue trough.
“This oil exploration issue started from late General Sani Abacha’s regime, and many years after his death, no oil is found in the region.
“I blame our northern leaders who in collaboration with their southern
counterparts, impoverished the north”.
The first time Senator called on the students to use their youthful energy to question government in power in order to safeguard their future from injustice.
Earlier, the leader of the students’ union, Saadu Bako appealed to Senator Sani to assist the students both socially and economically to enable them remain focused and achieve better education at the end of their studies, even as he prayed God to uplift the Senator to a
higher political level.
It would be recalled that, Northern Nigeria Development Company, NNDC, recently said it would commence the exploration of oil and gas in the north-eastern part of the country by the first quarter of this year.
Chairman of the company, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu, while briefing newsmen at NNDC’s 47th Annual General Meeting late last year in Kaduna said, NNDC was currently collaborating with its technical partners and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on the expertise and budgetary requirements for the flag off of the oil exploration project.


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