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.
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