From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has commended the federal government on the success so far recorded in oil and gas drilling operations in the Spud-In of Kolmani River-11 well in the Gongola Basin in Bauchi State, flagged-off by President Muhammad Buhari The National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, disclosed this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
The statement added that the project flagged-off by President Muhammad Buhari last week is a welcome development in the sense that it will open new prospects for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
ACF also stressed that the political will mustered by the Federal Government (FG) to aggressively pursue the oil exploration in the Northern part of the country clearly dovetails with the regime’s economic recovery and growth plan (ERGP) which can boost economic benefits, particularly in the North and Nigeria in general.
“ACF appeals to the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) to courageously and fully ensure that the Presidential directive on the oil exploration campaigns in Chad Basin, Gongola, Anambra, Sokoto, Bida Basins and Benue Trough are carried out to the letter and spirit.
“ACF also appeals to the FG to also create and provide an enabling environment that will encourage other oil companies to invest and participate in the oil and gas exploration in the North.
“This is because the oil and gas exploration will in no small measure add value to the nation’s economy,” the statement reads.