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Etsu Nupe Calls For Commencement Of Oil Exploration Along Bida Basin

Etsu Nupe
Posted: Jul 21, 2016 at 6:31 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinwendu Nnadozie

Minna – Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, has expressed worries that despite feasibility study that shows possibility of large crude deposits along the Bida trough, nothing has been done by way of exploring for crude oil in the area.

The Etsu Nupe spoke at his Wadata Palace when he played host to a team from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), led by Engr. Abdullahi Isah Jankara, the state Comptroller, who visited Bida the ancient city of Nupe kingdom.

Apparently in reaction to the Niger Delta Militant’s demand for control of crude from the region and the attendant repercussions of their activities to other parts of the country, the Etsu Nupe said the Federal Government should as a matter of urgency commence crude oil exploration along the Bida Basin where hydro carbon was discovered in large quantity.

Niger State government has reached appreciable stage of not only reaching out to interested investors but also in surveying, cross-examination and assessment of the project.  What remains now is for the Federal Government to approve and input for the work to commence.

Alhaji Yahaya said the state government has long been longing for the actualisation of the Bida Basin project for quiet sometime, adding, however, that the dream is long overdue hence the establishment of DPR in the state would fast track and ease difficulties in petroleum businesses in the state.

The traditional ruler therefore solicited for the financial support of the Federal Government to start work soon to actualise the dreams of the state to be counted among oil producing states of the federation, just as he also challenged the DPR in the state to partner with the state government in its activities if they must succeed.

He also urged the filling stations operating without licences across the state to take the advantage of the establishment of DPR in the state to obtain the required documentations to aid their businesses and also end the plight of Nigerian masses purchasing the products at unofficial rate.

Isah Jankara, the State DPR Comptroller, had earlier informed the traditional ruler that only 40 per cent of about 1, 500 filling stations in the state have genuine licences required before they can be allowed to operate.

Jankara said that about 600 others in the state were operating illegally and assured of his preparedness to regularise the present situation in the state and solicited for the support of traditional institutions in the state towards actualizing the set objectives for maximum advantage.

While applauding the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for the establishment of DPR in the state, Jankara called on Nigerians to support the Federal Government’s change agenda to enable it succeed in its mandate.