Written by Godfrey AKON

UniMaid vows to return to Chad Basin for oil exploration

University of Maiduguri has expressed willingness to return to Chad Basin to resume oil exploration despite the kidnapping and recent release of its lecturers by Boko Haram.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, said in a statement last Friday that the freed lecturers and the entire university community were ready to remobilize for oil exploration in the Chad Basin.

The statement said the university gave the assurance when the Management of the institution and three lecturers visited the NNPC in Abuja.

Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi, said despite the harrowing experience of the adoptees in the captivity of the insurgents, the University of Maiduguri was focused on carrying through the exploration programme in the inland sedimentary basins.

The freed lecturers who accompanied the Vice-Chancellor are: Dr. Solomon Nehemiah Yusuf, Mr. Yusuf Ibrahim, both lecturers of the Geology Department of the university and Mr. Haruna Dashe, of the Works Department of the Ivory Tower.

Njodi said he regretted to announce the demise of one of the victims of the attack, Muhammed AlhajiKolo, who died as a result ofgun-shot wounds inflicted on him by the insurgents.

He expressed profound gratitude to the Management of NNPC led by Dr. Baru, saying the university community would not forget the supports the corporation extended to the families of the victims at their hours of need.

He sought more succor for the affected lectures, stressing that they passed through unimaginable trauma in the hands of their abductees.

Responding, Baru called for a minute silence for the soul of the victim who died from injuries he sustained during the attack, saying NNPC was totally in support of the university.

The NNPC GMD thanked the academics for their visit, saying NNPC was ready to mobilize to the Chad Basin for further exploration activities noting that the Corporation would work rigorously with the University and all relevant security agencies to fortify the environment for smooth exploration activities.

He remarked that it would be a great mark of honour to the departed for the Corporation and the University to resume exploration work in the basin.

The GMD stated that the corporation was convinced on the need to intensify exploration activities in the North given the need to boost the nation’s oil reserves in line with the aspiration of President Muhammadu Buhari for the oil and gas industry.




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