President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) would soon start to prospect for oil and gas in the Benue Trough.
The president, who made this comment during his presidential campaign in Benue State, said it is the next stage in the search for oil in the region following the commencement of drilling in the Kolmani River area, located within Bauchi and Gombe states.
According to a statement by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari made the disclosure while addressing traditional rulers at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Makurdi.
President Buhari recalled that when he was minister of petroleum in the 70s, he had seen “very interesting seismic surveys” that promised oil and gas from the Chad Basin through the Benue Trough down to the Delta region.
He, however, stated that government decided to invest in the Niger Delta because of the promise of quicker results.
He narrated past efforts by him as military head of state to diversify the country’s sources of oil to strengthen its unity, promising that his administration would intensify efforts in this direction.