Written by Godfrey AKON

Oil in Gongola Basin to boost job creation

Nigeria’s recent discovery of hydrocarbon deposits in the Gongola Basin section of the Benue Trough, would trigger massive job creation.

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, gave this assurance at the 9th Edition of the Practical Nigerian Content Summit in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.

Kyari said getting the oil to the market will trigger a labyrinth of productive activities with potentials for massive job creation across the value chain.

Represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services, NNPC, Mr. Farouk Sai’d, he said with the initiation of these processes, the economy stands in a firm position to embrace the projected wind fall in thousands of direct and indirect employment, noting that as long as there are “activities, employment will continue.”

Acting spokesperson of the corporation, Mr. Samson Makoji, in a statement, quoted the NNPC boss as revealing that more discoveries await the oil and gas industry in the Dahomeh Basin and Anambra Basin that would bring more jobs and employment for the people.

He said the cardinal focus of the state-run oil corporation was to consolidate its role as the major enabler of the Nigerian economy, anchored on increased exploration activities in such a way as to bring maximum benefits to all stakeholders.

On the contributions of local content to the success in the frontier basin, the GMD stated that the Nigerian Content Policy had remained a catalyst in this regard.

He said the Nigerian content drive had ensured the participation of Nigerian companies in several businesses across the entire value-chain, these areas include crude oil lifting, oil exploration and research and development, among others.

Meanwhile, NNPC last Thursday assured members of the public of seamless supply and distribution of petroleum products supply in the country throughout the yuletide season and beyond

The corporation had reported an oil pipeline fire outbreak along Atlas Cove-Mosimi Pipeline, part of the system 2B pipeline in Baruwa Swamp area of Lagos.

It said preliminary reports of the incident indicated that the fire outbreak might have been caused by an act of vandalism by suspected oil thieves.

The corporation, said in conjunction with the Lagos State, it has contained the fire while repair works on the pipelines have commenced which will lead to speedy restoration of the pipeline operations.



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