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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has said on Wednesday that it has extended the search for crude oil to the Sokoto Inland Sedimentary Basin.

The Group Managing Director of the body, Mr. Maikanti Baru, made the statement when he received a delegation from Sokoto State, led by the Governor, Aminu Tambuwal in Abuja.

This was to prove that Mr. Baru was responding to an appeal by the governor, calling on the NNPC to activate oil and gas exploration campaign in the Sokoto Basin with a view to establishing the volume and value of hydrocarbon deposits there.

Baru noted that the NNPC, without any prompting, has since embarked on properly and professional exploration of all inland basins in the country including the Sokoto basin.

He also disclosed that that the NNPC had already procured aeromagnetic data on the Sokoto basin from the Nigerian Geophysical Survey as well as awarded contract for the mapping and procurement of apt samples to further the understanding of the area.

He added that the NNPC had contracted its subsidiary, Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL to carry out 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.

The NNPC boss promised to attend the forthcoming seminar on the Sokoto basin, noting that the NNPC would use the platform to update and also share its knowledge of the basin with relevant stakeholders.

Regarding the noticeable limited disruptions in supply of petroleum products due to the recently aborted labour strike, the NNPC boss disclosed that the issues raised by labor have since been settled, adding that normal loading activities had resumed in areas affected by the industrial action.

In his own remarks, the governor of Sokoto, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, argued that based on existing exploration records, it is likely that renewed search for oil in the basin would yield some positive results in the nearest future.

He laud the Buhari led administration for re-invigorating the quest for oil in the new frontiers, adding that the successful search for hydrocarbon deposit in the basin would go a long way in increasing the nation’s oil reserve with the attendant value addition.

He said, “We are here more on an advocacy visit to your office, Mr. GMD, to kindly request for 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 to other basins in the country.”

The Governor also commended Mr. Baru for recent successes in the Corporation especially the stability in the supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country.

He gave the NNPC an invitation to a conference in Sokoto scheduled to hold sometimes in October 2017, which is being facilitated by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF in collaboration with the Usman Dan Fodio University.

According to him, the conference would thoroughly x-ray the search for oil in the Sokoto basin.

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