There are indications that some parts of the North may soon join the league of oil producing states in the country, The Nation reports.
It was gathered that exploration around the Gombe/Bauchi area has yielded fruits with three wells drilled and one containing deposits in commercial quantity. A source at the Petroleum Resources Ministry said: “We are on the verge of getting oil from Gombe/Bauchi axis. Three wells have been drilled and one of the three wells has proved to be commercially viable.”
It was also learnt that it was because of the imminent announcement of the discovery that governors from the North such as Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state and Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe state, have been visiting NNPC Group Managing Director Dr. Maikanti Baru, to seek the corporation’s increased search for oil in and around their states.
Baru had stated that NNPC has plans to open up all the inland basins to prospective investors. According to him, preliminary exploration had indicated some signs of hydrocarbons on the eastern Yobe side of the Chad Basin, adding that once the corporation received security clearance, the 3D seismic data acquisition in the area would continue.