NNPC Set To Commence Search For Crude Oil In Sokoto Basin

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday revealed that it has concluded plans to resume active oil exploration in Sokoto Basin.

The nation’s oil company conveyed the announcement in a statement issued on Thursday by its spokesperson, Kennie Obateru in Abuja.

The statement which was sighted by Africa Today News, New York read in part, ‘Kyari also hinted of plans for the corporation to resume active exploration activities in the Sokoto Basin.’

The NNPC boss, Mele Kyari disclosed this while receiving the Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, who paid Kyari a courtesy visit in his office on Thursday.

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Recall that in October 2019, the President, Muhammadu Buhari, who also doubles as the petroleum minister had during the spud-in ceremony of Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin, in the North-East, said the government would explore for oil and gas in the frontier basins across the country.

He enumerated the basins to include the Benue Trough, Chad Basin, Sokoto and Bida Basins.

Buhari had also stated that attention would be given to the Dahomey and Anambra Basins which had already witnessed oil and gas discoveries.

The NNPC boss used the opportunity to restate NNPC’s commitment to the partnership with Kebbi State for the production of biofuels, describing the project as viable and in tandem with the global transition to renewable energy.

He said the rice production programme in the state was a definite boost to the biofuels project.