Nigerians should not expect an oil and gas discovery in the North any time soon. NNPC, weekend, warned that the discovery of hydrocarbons in the region might take years or decades to achieve.
Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Maikanti Baru, said that oil was discovered in Niger Delta after 50 years of searching, and that it took several decades of searching before oil was discovered in some countries.
Baru spoke during the Presidential Spud-in (drilling) of Kolmani II Well, in Barambu community in Alkaeri Local Government Area between Bauchi and Gombe states.
The NNPC boss urged the people of the North-East zone and the entire Nigerians to be patient with the corporation.
However, he promised that NNPC will put its best in executing the directive of the Presidency, while assuring that the NNPC would sustain the intensity of the ongoing oil and gas exploration in the inland basins.
Meanwhile, the flag-off and official commencement of crude oil search in the Kolmani Well River II, has commenced. The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and its counterpart, Petroleum
In their opinions, the two unions commended the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration noting that it has been committed to growing Nigeria’s economy, boosting capacity and providing energy sufficiency as well as strengthening Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.
They added that the Kolmani Well initiative would go a long way to galvanize the current government’s national drive for jobs creation, youths’ empowerment and human capital development.