Kaduna—The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Makanti Baru, has said with the release of staff of the corporation captured while exploring oil in the Lake Chad Basin, it will return in full force to continue with exploration activities in the basin.
Baru disclosed this at the NNPC Day at the ongoing 39th edition of the Kaduna International Trade Fair.
According to the NNPC boss, the corporation has also intensified exploration activities in the Benue trough and there are prospects for oil in four locations in the region.
He said the corporation will explore for oil in Benue, Nasarawa, Niger and Sokoto states, adding that with what the corporation has seen, “success is ours.”
In his speech, representative of Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture, Alhaji Tijjani Musa, said the economic diversification efforts of the Federal Government had started yielding results, as the country was already self-sufficient in rice production.
He suggested that attention be given to other crops such as cotton, groundnuts, wheat, rubber, palm oil and others, adding that this will not only minimise unemployment, but enhance commerce and industrial activities.