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Stakeholders task FG to renew crude oil search in Niger

By Isah Lapai, Minna

Niger state Government has called on the federal government to beam its searchlight on Bida Basin in its renewed search for crude oil in the country  adding that Bida Basin have a lot of potential for crude oil. Apparently reacting to the order by President Muhammadu Buhari for deeper inquest for crude oil in the Chad Basin, the Niger state Government urged the Federal Government not to forget the Bida basin.

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.

In a statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Comrade Jonathan Tsado Vatsa said stepping up measures for the search for oil is a giant step that can step up the economic potential of the state and the country if included in the renewed search for hydrocarbon deposits.

While commending the President Buhari led-administration for stepping up measures for prospectivity 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.

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.

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