Two Local Government Areas of Plateau State have oil and gas prospects capable of contributing to the economic growth of the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says as it begins to explore the areas for oil.
The two areas are the Wase and Kanam Local Government Areas of the state which are parts of the Upper and Middle Benue Trough.
The exercise to explore for oil was disclosed on Saturday when the Management of the organisation paid Governor Simon Bako Lalong a courtesy visit at Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos.
The NNPC has acquired and used modern equipment which has resulted in the identification of hydrocarbon materials in the Upper and Middle Benue Trough according to the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari through the Group General Manager, Frontiers Exploration Services, Abdullahi Bomai.
He added that NNPC has identified additional oil and gas province known as the Kolmani discovery in addition to those of the Niger-Delta as well as increase the worth of the Benue Trough with a billion barrels of oil reserves among others.
While emphasising the readiness of the government to cooperate in the process, Kyari also assured to engage people of Plateau as skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled workers in different operations in the two identified LGAs.