Oil Exploration: NNPC Pushes Further on Bida Basin Radiometric Survey
After discovering oil in Bauchi,the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation through the
Department of Petroleum Resources is forging ahead with exploration activities in the Bida basin.
The DPR’s Minna Field office under the auspices of the Operations Controller, Engr. Abdullahi Isa Jankara was at the Palace of the Emir of Minna to intimate him of the Bida Basin Radiometric survey which is starting next week (18.11.2019). The Opscon was escorted by the Head of Operations, Mr. Joshua Madaki, Head Downstream Mr. Ahmed Emimaru and Head of Human Resources, Dalhat Hassan Dalhat
Engr. Abdullahi Isah Jankara informed the Emir in details about the entire exercise and its importance to both the economy of Niger State and Nigeria. Furthermore, the Opscon said people of the Emirate should not panic if they see an aircraft flying at lower altitude because the survey would be carried out using aircraft equipped with modern technology which would fly at lower altitude to determine the quantity of hydrocarbon in the Bida Basin
This national assignment was kick started by the Director Department of Petroleum Resources, Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Shakur with a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Niger State Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello and Etsu NUPE Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar on Tuesday 05.11.2019
The Emir of Minna, Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Faruk Bahago expressed his happiness about this gigantic development. He assured the Department of Petroleum Resources, Minna Field Office, under the leadership of Engr. A.J. Isah of his total support and commitment to the success of the entire exercise. In our presence, the Emir instructed his District Heads and Village Heads to rigorously informed their subjects about this economic exercise
It would be recalled that the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) had commenced the radiometric survey of the Bida Basin in Niger in line with Federal government’s aspiration to diversify hydrocarbon exploration across all the basins.
Mr Ahmad Shakur, the Director of DPR, disclosed this in a statement by Mr Paul Osu, Head, Public Affairs Department on Wednesday in Lagos on Wednesday. Osu quoted Shakur as having disclosed this during a courtesy visit to Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, adding that the exercise would cover 12 local government areas of the state.
The director, who said the objective of the radiometric survey was also to determine the hydrocarbon prospective of the Bida Basin, solicited the cooperation of the state government in sensitising the people in the affected local government areas of the survey to ensure the success of the project.
Shakur, who was in company of the agency’s survey team, noted that the sensitisation would ensure the safe conduct of the programme.
Bello, who represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, promised to give DPR maximum support including the provision of adequate security for the survey team.
He said that the state government was delighted having DPR,the petroleum regulatory agency, to carry out the survey in state.
The governor expressed optimism that when operational, project would boost the economy of the state by way of job creation among other advantages.In the same vein, Shakur paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Bida, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar where he also solicited for the cooperation of the monarch to ensure the success of the survey.
Receiving the team, the emir assured it of sensiting the people for the success of the project. (NAN)