From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai has said that it will continue to make available its research results to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and other investors on frontier basins exploration particularly on the Bida and Sokoto Basins, but also on the Benue Trough.
This was disclosed by the University’s Director of Research and Innovations, Professor Nuhu Obaje, during an in-house appraisal of research activities carried out by the University in the last 5 years under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Nasir Maiturare.
He said the reason to continuing the partnership was premised on the supports the University received from the corporation on its research activities in the Bida and Sokoto Basins which enabled detailed geological mapping of the two basins as well as exposition of the potential source rocks for oil and gas generation in the basins.
The Director said he is aware that the NNPC is following up on the leads provided by the research through further acquisition of seismic and other data by the NNPC itself, and that the University’s research centre is working on identifying the most prospective areas in the Benue Trough and Dahomey Basin as well. He defined the Benue Trough to be made up of lower, middle and upper portions.
According to him, the Lower Benue covers most parts of South East Nigeria, while the Middle Benue covers Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau and Taraba States. The Upper Benue covers mainly Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Yobe States. The Bida Basin on the other hand covers Niger, Kogi, Kwara and the FCT while the Sokoto Basin covers Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States. Onshore Dahomey Basin covers Lagos, Ogun and Ondo States.
The Director further disclosed that universities the world over are supposed to provide the research back up for industry operations and that the Vice Chancellor of the IBB University had continued to align the university to this research mandate that should be innovative and industry-applicable.
Professor Obaje expressed optimism on the spudding of Kolmani River-2 well by the NNPC and said he expected that more spuddings will be made in that area and in the other inland basins as research results by the universities and exploration activities by the NNPC gather momentum.
He said such development would mean more oil and gas for all Nigerians, and that oil will not go away but it will diminish its mono-cultural dominance on Nigeria’s economy as other sectors like agriculture and solid minerals will come in more competitively.
The Director disclosed that two other large grants of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund have been won by the University’s researchers this year, and are awaiting endowment with the teams led by Professor Niranjan Kumar of the Faculty of Agriculture and Professor Sule Egya of the Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies.
In a contributory remark at the meeting, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Professor Abu-Kaseem Adamu commended the quality of Research initiatives by the University’s Centre of Research and assured of the Managegement’s continued support.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor who represented the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare, enjoined faculty members of the University to engage in edge-cutting activities that could take the IBB University to the pedestal of renowned universities the world over.