Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has appealed to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to fast track the exploration of hydro carbon in Bida Basin, NTA News reports.
Governor Sani-Bello made the appeal when he and some members of his cabinet paid a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Tuesday. He said that the state government had established a Ministry of Mineral Resources and department of oil and gas to ensure the state was among oil producing states in the country.
Responding, Baru disclosed that contract had been awarded to the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai in November for the geological mapping of the Bida basin and it would be concluded in three months. “After the geological mapping, we will do the surface, geographical history as well as ground gravity and the data will be integrated by the NNPC. Other activities will take at least four to six months and we will be expecting conclusion between July and August 2018,” he said.