The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has embarked on a desperate search for oil in Sokoto and Benue States.
This search came after Boko Haram attacked and forced the Corporation to suspend exploration in the Chad Basin.
Post-Nigeria recalls that the Presidency had in July, announced the suspension of the exercise in the Lake Chad Basin, situated in parts of Borno State, following attacks on oil workers and Military Personnel, by the terrorist group.
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, confirmed the development when the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, visited him, in Abuja.
Baru said the NNPC had already procured aeromagnetic data on the Sokoto Basin, from the Nigerian Geophysical Survey, as well as awarded contracts for the mapping and procurement of apt samples to further the understanding of the area.
The NNPC GMD also announced that the NNPC has contracted its subsidiary, Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL, to carry out various geochemistry investigations, to boost the gathering and integration of all relevant data ahead of the planned procurement of seismic 2D data position.
Speaking, Governor Tambuwal said the State Government, in collaboration with the Usman Danfodio University, would organise a National Conference on the Sokoto Basin, in October, expressing optimism that it adds value in the search for hydrocarbon in the Sokoto Basin.
According to a statement by the NNPC Spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, the Governor said based on existing exploration records, it was likely that renewed search for oil in the basin ,would yield some positive results in the nearest future.