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Bida Basin Hydrocarbon Exploration Ongoing – IBB Varsity



The director of  Centre of Applied Sciences and Technology Research, CASTER of IBB University, Lapai, Prof Nuhu Obaje has  stated that the Hydrocarbon research on Bida Basin of the University  in conjunction with the Nigeria National  Petroleum Company,NNPC  was still  in progress as against  recent media reports writing off the project .

Prof Obaje who spoke  during a lecture  at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists AAPG at the university, said they have been committed to the hydrocarbon exploration research in the Bida Basin over many years far before the university  started the strategic partnership with NNPC.

He said,“The results obtained had always been forwarded to the Federal Government (DPR) and the NNPC. These efforts necessitated the commencement of the strategic partnership with the University and the directive by Mr President that the Bida Basin should be thoroughly explored.”

The director of  CASTER  stated that  the  attendance  of Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, at the 2nd convocation ceremony of IBB University was a compliment to the research efforts of  the  University on the Bida and Sokoto Basins even as the NNPC sponsored most of the studies and has  identified with the research .

Consequently, he posited  that  the NNPC GMD’s narratives during his fellowship acceptance speech at the IBB University convocation in the negative perception that  there was no hydrocarbon deposit in Bida Basin was not true.

He said “the caption: NNPC Dismisses Bida Basin Oil Discovery; became like a condemnation of IBBU project or a withdrawal of NNPC’s support to the Bida Basin exploration program. To reiterate the GMD’s explanations and putting them in our own perspectives, there are several steps to undergo before oil and/or gas discovery and commercial discovery for that matter can be made”.

“IBB University  and NNPC through IDSL (a subsidiary of NNPC) are presently, as we are talking in the field in the bush of Bida Basin carrying out surface geochemical, aeromagnetic and gravity studies and further at a later date to seismic data acquisition to determine generation and structural configurations (trapping mechanisms),” he stated further.