From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
The Vice Chancellor of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai, Prof Muhammad Nasiru Maiturare has expressed optimism on the prospect of oil and gas occurrence in the Bida and Sokoto basins.
This he said was sequel to the exploratory research studies carried out in the two basins by the university.
He made the disclosure at the opening ceremony of a day retreat for stakeholders on the research work at the university’s auditorium Lapai.
Maiturare said that research studies had indicted the presence potential for oil and gas deposits bearing sample, and this research validated the earlier work.
The Vice Chancellor applauded the management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for selecting the university to undertake work on the two basins which resulted in the geological mapping of the two basins to assist further research work on the field.
He although did not comment further on the critical findings of two milestones reports submitted to NNPC by the university owing to the bond of confidentiality agreed upon by the two parties “”Only Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation can release the results of the research findings and determined it’s the next line of action, after the third milestone report is submitted to it”
“”We are ready for further research work on the two basins with the if NNPC Exploration Frontier Agency as we have the expertise and equipment to carry out such studies research work “”, Maiturare said.
In same vein, the Technical Team leader and university’s director of research, Prof Nuhu Obaje called for optimal usage of gas as energy sources at both home, offices, factories and in our transport sector.
Prof. Obaje hinted the stakeholders that the country had been termed as a gas region as its hydrocarbon deposits consist of 70 per cent gas and 30 per cent oil but sadly gas has been grossly under-utilised to the detriment of our economy and the environment.
He therefore thanked geologists from the Federal University of Technology Minna and Uthman Dan Fodio University Sokoto for partnering with IBBUL on the detailed geological mapping of the two basins .