Fresh signs have emerged that the North is set to kick start Oil and Gas exploration activities the Inland Basin States. Already, a planned meeting of 13 Northern States which fall under the region’s sedimentary basin has been announced.
Niger State Governor who is also the Chairman of the Northern State Governors Forum (NSGF) will on Monday declare the meeting of the Association of Petroleum Inland Basin States of Northern Nigeria (APIBONN) open, according to his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.
The statement said Governor Aliyu in his capacity as the Chairman of the forum has invited
his counterparts whose states fall within the region’s sedimentary basin to direct their relevant commissioners to attend a meeting of the association in Minna, to enable them brainstorm on the modalities and action plan that would kick start and sustain oil and gas exploration activities in the North.
The meeting will “fashion out strategies to harness the resources in Sokoto basin, Chad basin, Bida basin and Benue trough whose hydrocarbon contents are yet to be properly developed and estimated”.
The forum expressed support to the ongoing efforts by the federal government to explore oil in the sedimentary basin of Northern Nigeria.
The Inland Basin States comprise of Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Gombe, Kogi, kebbi, Niger and Sokoto states. Others are Zamfara, Kwara, Nasarawa, Taraba, Yobe and Plateau states.