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NNPC To Begin Search For Oil In Benue Trough -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will soon begin a deeper search for oil and gas in the Benue Trough.

Mr Buhari said this is the next step following the commencement of drilling in the Kolmani River area, located within Bauchi and Gombe states.

According to a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, he made the announcement on Wednesday while addressing traditional rulers at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Makurdi, Benue State.

Mr Buhari was in the state for a campaign stop ahead of the February 16 presidential election in which he is running against 30 other candidates.

The president, recalled that as Minister of Petroleum in the 70s, he had seen “very interesting seismic surveys” that promised oil and gas from the Chad Basin through the Benue Trough down to the Delta region.

He said for mostly commercial reasons, investment was directed to the Niger Delta given the promise of quicker results.

Mr Buhari narrated past efforts he made as military Head of State to diversify the country’s sources of oil to strengthen its unity. He promised that his administration will intensify efforts in this direction.

The president welcomed the observation by the Tor Tiv, James Ayatse, that peace had been restored to Benue State following the spike last year in farmers and herders’ clashes.

The traditional ruler also noted that the president had so far conducted “a decent and peaceful campaign.”

SOURCE: allafrica