Seven wells drilled at the Bida Basin have confirmed existence of oil in commercial quantity, renewing optimism that Niger state may soon join the league of oil producing states.The shallow wells were established in the villages of Gulu, Bakani, Makera, Kudu, Enagi, Kutigi and Kontagora.
The development was disclosed by the state’s commissioner for mineral resources, Hajiya Ramatu Yar’Adua, while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the weekly state executive meeting in Minna on Thursday, May 24. It was noted that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in collaboration with the state-owned Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda University, Lapai, commenced oil exploration in both Bida and Sokoto basins. During a recent chat with newsmen, the institution’s vice chancellor, Prof Nasir Maiturare, disclosed that researchers had submitted two reports on the activities to the NNPC; and that a third report was being awaited.
Hajiya Yar’Adua confirmed that the shallow wells had shown existence of crude oil in commercial quantity. She said a consultant oil firm had carried out the technical job that established workable data bank on the presence of oil in the basin; and that the executive council has approved the payment of N145 million out of the N380 million bill, to the firm. She further disclosed that interest in doing the seismic data analysis to come out with blocs before handing over to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has been expressed by two investors based in Canada and the United Kingdom. The commissioner expressed hope that in due course, that NNPC will refund the money expended by the state government.
It was previously reported that large crude oil deposits were found in the Bida Basin located in Niger state, and President Muhammadu Buhari was duly informed of the development. This was made known by Professor Nuhu Obaje, director of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda University Research Centre, Lapai, at the exhibition of raw materials and local products in the Manufacturing and Equipment EXPO Nigeria 2017.