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Where oil can be found in Northern Nigeria

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru , while receiving the Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar, in his office in Abuja, on Monday, July 25, 2016, said President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Corporation to begin exploration of oil and gas in the North, specifically in the Chad Basin and Kolmani River.
The Kolmani river where the exploration is to begin is located in Bauchi State while the Chad basin spans Yobe, Borno and Adamawa State.
Baru explained that the order was with a view to making the most of the reported hydrocarbon deposits in the region.
He said, “Very close home, we have exploration activities on the frontier basin, that is in the Chad; and also there are some areas close to the Kolmani River where Shell had made indicative discovery of hydrocarbons. And Mr. President has directed me to go into that area to reprove and further explore the magnitude and prospects of those finds.
“We are taking steps to get into those regions. We will reinvigorate the Frontier Exploration and see how they collaborate with the NNDC that is holding Block 809 where some of the finds have been found. We will also do the same at the DPR for the other blocks that have not been assigned, and work towards proving the prospects of that region.”
Baru also sought state governments collaboration in securing of key infrastructure.
“Now is a very difficult time for us with all the challenges of the leakages that we suffer from infractions of our infrastructure, in terms of pipeline vandalism and theft, to be able to meet obligations to the Federation Account Allocation Committee. We will continue to meet this obligation timely and effectively as much as possible.
 “A critical area of support that we will implore you is the security of our pipelines that transverse the state from Jos through Bauchi to Gombe and onwards to Maiduguri and Yola. There have been reported vandalism and we will request you to assist us with the necessary security surveillance to ensure that such acts are brought down.”
Between 2011 and 2013 the Nigerian government provided $240 million to facilitate oil and gas exploration activities in the Lake Chad Basin and other northern hydrocarbon basins, including the Benue Trough, Bida Basin and the Sokoto-Rima Basin in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram insurgency was a major hindrance to exploration activities in the North East Nigeria, with the terrorist group defeated, activities can resume in the region.
Olalekan Olonilua for

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