Tambuwal Appeals to NNPC to Search Oil in Sokoto State

Sandra Ukele.

Governor Aminu  Tambuwal of Sokoto State has appealed to Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to activate oil and gas exploration campaign in the Sokoto Inland Sedimentary Basin with a view to establishing the volume and value of hydrocarbons deposits there.

Governor Tambuwal who made this appeal at the NNPC Towers in Abuja today while leading a delegation of Sokoto State indigenes said that based on existing exploration records it is likely renewed search for oil in the area would yield positive results in the nearest future.

In his words Tambuwal said, "We are here more on an advocacy visit to your office Mr. GMD to kindly request your intervention and attention for the office in charge of frontier exploration to pay attention to Sokoto Basin just the way attention is being paid other basins in the country," he lamented.

Responding Group Managing Director NNPC Dr. Maikanti Baru explained that the Corporation without any prompting has since embarked on a proper and professional exploration of all inland basins in the country including the Sokoto basin.

He noted that the NNPC has already procured aeromagnetic data from the Sokoto basin from the Nigeria Geophysical Survey as well as awarded contract for the mapping and procurement of apt samples to further the understanding of the area.

Dr. Baru informed the delegation that NNPC has contracted its subsidiary, Integrated Data Services Limited to perform various geochemistry investigation to boost the gathering and integration of all relevant data ahead of the planned procurement of seismic 2D data position  which would in turn determine various prospects


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