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Experts urge professionals to harness hydrocarbon potential in Sokoto Basin



Prof. Festus Onouha, the President of Academy of Science on Thursday challenged science-based professionals to promote synergy toward harnessing hydrocarbon potential in Sokoto Basin and other basins in the country.

Onuoha, a Professor Emeratus of Geology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, urged people to stop discouraging the introduction of electric powered engines that would ensure that the much needed oil and gas were available in the transportation systems.

He was speaking at a Regional Knowledge Sharing Programme on Hydrocarbons Potential of Sokoto Basin organised by Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) in collaboration with Sokoto State Government and Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto (UDUS) on Thursday.

He called on professional to accept the challenges of electric powered engines, noting that the country had enough manpower to embark on the studies.

He appealed for more support from governments and private sectors harness the potential of hydrocarbon.

Onouha commended Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State for his investment in hydrocarbon exploration and urged other political leaders to emulate him.

Prof. Bello Abubakar, the Director, National Centre for Petroleum Research and Development, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi dwelled on the contents embedded in the Sokoto Basin.

Abubakar presented graphic studies conducted on Sokoto Basin with statistics of hydrocarbon present, saying that political will was needed to embark on more studies.

He stressed that investors should put more emphasis on Niger Delta region potentialities, adding that the region was the major challenge because hydrocarbon had not been effectively harnessed.

The Vice Chancellor UDUS, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, commended PTDF and government commitments on the efforts of tapping hydrocarbons, adding that the institution would continue to partner with all stakeholders on the effort.

Zure said UDUS had enough professional manpower to encourage more studies on the physical sciences, stressing that the institution benefited from PTDF with the establishment of Petroleum Chemistry Centre.

NAN reports that Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Ibe Kachiku had reiterated government commitments to partner with state government and private firms on harnessing maximal oil and gas potential embedded in the Sokoto Basin.

Kachiku, represented by Executive Secretary of PTDF, Dr Bello Gusau described maximal exploration of the hydrocarbons as being long overdue.

He described the exercise as strategic that would surely facilitate and enhance energy production for the nation and global community.

“Federal Government is fully committed to support researches and actualise the blueprints of oil and gas explorations for the commercial rejuvenations in the country,’’ Kachiku said.

Governors Aminu Tambuwal and Abubakar Bagudu of Sokoto and Kebbi, assured maximum commitments to achieve the desired results in recognition of importance of tapping hydrocarbons for job creation and other opportunities.

The governors said that the basin had adequate potentialities as obtain in Niger Delta region and assured more political will on increase research investigation and explorations.

They called on Federal Government for increased attention, noting that they had made efforts on energy explorations by tapping available environmental resources.

NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, said various efforts were made by the institution on promoting oil and gas potential exploitation and studies in the country.

Baru, represented by Alhaji Aliyu Jafaru, Kaduna Zonal Manger of NNPC urged the Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina and Zamfara State governments by the River Basin to fully participate on explorations of hydrocarbon.

Edited by: Grace Yussuf

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