Northern Governors meet on oil and gas exploration

A meeting of the Association of Petroleum Inland Basin States of Northern Nigeria will hold in Minna.

Governors from thirteen northern states which fall under the region’s sedimentary basin, are to meet Monday in Minna, Niger State, to kick start Oil and Gas exploration activities in the north’s Inland Basin States.

Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, who is also the chairman of the Northern State Governors Forum, will declare the meeting of the Association of Petroleum Inland Basin States of Northern Nigeria, open, according to his spokesperson, Danladi Ndayebo on Sunday.

Mr. Ndayebo said in a statement that Mr. Aliyu, in his capacity as the chairman of the forum, has invited his counterparts whose states fall within the region’s sedimentary basin to direct their relevant commissioners to attend the meeting to enable them brainstorm on the action plan that would kick start and sustain oil and gas exploration activities in the north.

According to the statement the meeting will “fashion out strategies to harness the resources in Sokoto basin, Chad basin, Bida basin and Benue trough whose hydrocarbon contents are yet to be properly developed and estimated”.

It also said the forum expressed support to the on-going efforts by the federal government to explore oil in the sedimentary basin of Northern Nigeria.

The Inland Basin States comprise of Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Gombe, Kogi, kebbi, Niger and Sokoto states. Others are Zamfara, Kwara, Nasarawa, Taraba, Yobe and Plateau States.


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  • let there be water

    that is non of our business, we Niger Deltans.

    • redeem

      what are the yeye governors in the niger delta waiting for–what I don’t understand is that they would explore for oil with revenue from the SS then pay tax to the federal government when oi,ll is found-while that of the SS is seen and used as awuf national cake–who is fooling who on this

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Why not hold a common summit too, to fashion out, modalities that will tame the rampaging fulani herdsmen in the middle belt. Or is it only their oil you are interested in

  • emmanuel

    These yeye people Don start again. They made the Federal Government waste billions of Naira in Bama or Bag a, Bornu State in the name of finding crude Oil. That has gone down the drain.

    They assisted Niger Republic to build a Refinery, ask me where the Crude Oil day come from?

    These people are only postponing the evil day, the longer the frustrate the PIB, the more resolve the Niger Delta people would be about their future.

    • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

      You can call us anything because you lack manners but the true is Chad and Niger are in sahara region yet oil was found in commercial quantity. The same can be found in our region and God willing yours will soon dry up. We don’t need any contribution from your government to explore ours. You know in your own case you used our groundnut and cocoa money to explore and pay us back with abuses.

      • emmanuel

        Your region has ever lived in delusion, hence you have refused to understand that you lack leadership skills and keep insisting on holding on to power by all means.

        Kindly note that we were doing Palm Produce and Rubber, while you did Groundnut, mumu!

        • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

          Emma, politics is game of numbers. Just let us have free and fair election.

      • Afam

        Sorry your dreamers

    • Bashd

      Haba emmanuel why the hate now! May be you should ask your elders where the money came from when they want to explore the oil in the delta. If your brain is as smart as your mouth then you will know fishing can not and did not pay for it…! Anyway pray that they yeye people find what they are looking for or else you and your region where ever that is will continue to be slaves to the yeye people…! Cheers.

      • emmanuel

        I sori for your fish brain. The deceit from your fore-fathers flaunting false population figures has remained with you.

        It is that same lieing spirit that has caused you not to acknowledge the role our Palm Produce and Rubber played in building Nigeria.

        Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any persons. The falsehood about Nigeria is the reason we have remained with the thieves who taught our people how to steal government money.

        Lazy lot.

        Spend your money to explore oil and when you see the commercial quantity call the FG. no more wasting of scarce resources on liers!

    • Danduniya

      If there is oil in Chad and Niger Republic. There must be oil in NORTHERN NIGERIA. Mind you ELF has an oil well in Kwaimawa (Bauchi State) and Bojude (Gombe State). They built a Secondary school for the people of Bojude. It is called ELF Day Secondary School, Bojude. In addition to that the North has vast and fertile land to cultivate crops and raise livestock to which the South are good consumers. The North do not import meat, maize, millet, Sorghum etc.

      • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

        Thanks Danduniya. Emma does not know the history of oil. Sooner the Nigerian oil will not be contributing to the Nigerian economy because US will be self sufficient and with bio – oil our oil will be irrelevant. Beside as the north sea ice melt the Niger Delter region of Nigeria shall be no more.

  • Ahmed Al Mukhtari

    I’m really happy and thanking the God for blessing the hated north with this endowment. Let’s divide the country so that will see who would suffer most.

  • Abednigo Ohare

    Ahmed mukhtari, think twice b4 u talk of dividing this country because if it happens the north will suffer most. Sea port dey very important for any country . Honestly I pray make dem discover oil in any of the northern states so they can also taste the sweet nd bitter side of oil exploration nd exploitation.