By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
A pressure group, PMB’s Oil and Gas Progress has thrown its weight behind the oil exploration drive recently embarked on in the Chad River Basin areas in the northern states by President Mohammadu Buhari, and the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, saying it is a right step in the right direction.
In a statement issued by the coordinator of the group, Mohammed Abdullahi, commended president Mohammadu Buhari for his political will to encourage oil exploration in the northern part of the country.
It said the past governments paid only lip service to oil exploration in the north, hence the project continuously failed, but expressed hope that with the commitment of the President and the zeal of the NNPC GMD, some states in the north will soon assume oil producing status.
The group also said the recent activities of the Group General Manager of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) towards discovery of oil in the north, will help to douse tension across the country and ensure economic stability in the north.
The group recalled that the GMD had visited some states in the north, including Nasarawa, Sokoto, Bauchi, Yobe, Katsina, among others, with a view to commencing oil exploration in the areas for the purpose of generating more re3venue for the country.
The group recalled that the GMD NNPC had declared it readiness to growing the nation’s crude oil reserves and increasing daily national production with a view to boosting the nation’s revenue generation.
It said that Baru had expressed this desire during the flag-off ceremonies of the NNPC/First E&P Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 83/85 partnership for marine seismic data acquisition in Lagos.
According to the statement, Baru while performing the flag-off ceremony aboard Marine Vessel BGP Prospector offshore Lagos, reiterated that the project would boost NNPC’s drive towards enhancing the nation’s abundant hydrocarbon deposits.
The development, Baru added, also reinforced the Federal Government’s commitment to further harness Nigeria’s numerous resources to enhance income streams and ultimately boost the nation’s economic prosperity.
“Without doubt, this development resonates perfectly with NNPC’s commitment to growing the nation’s reserves and increase production, as enshrined in our corporate vision of 12 Business Focus Areas (12 BUFA),” he said.
The group lauded the commitment of the GMD, towards timely completion of the project, even as he pledged “unflinching support” for the project and promised to ensure that it is completed in a cost-effective manner while also urging strict adherence to Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) standards.