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President Muhammadu Buhari and Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, Thursday received commendation for oil exploration drive in the Chad Basin.

A group, PMB’s Oil and Gas Progress gave the commendation after its annual meeting in Abuja.

A statement by the coordinator of the group, Mohammed Abdullahi, said President Buhari and NNPC GMD has won the heart of majority of Nigerians for their political will to initiate and encourage oil exploration in the northern part of the country.

It accused past governments in the country of paying lip service to oil exploration in the north.

It expressed hope that with the commitment of the President and the zeal of the NNPC GMD, some states in the north will soon assume oil producing status.

The group noted that the commitment of President Buhari administration toward the discovery of oil in the northern part of the country would go a long way to douse tension in the country and ensure economic stability in the north.

It recalled that the GMD had visited some states in the north, including Nasarawa, Sokoto, Bauchi, Yobe, Katsina, among others, with a view to commencing oil exploration in the areas for the purpose of generating more revenue for the country.

It also recalled that the GMD NNPC had declared his readiness to grow the country’s crude oil reserves and increasing daily national production with a view to boosting the nation’s revenue generation.

The group noted that the GMD had expressed this desire during the flag-off ceremonies of the NNPC/First E&P Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 83/85 partnership for marine seismic data acquisition in Lagos.

It said that Baru while performing the flag-off ceremony aboard Marine Vessel BGP Prospector offshore Lagos, declared that the project would boost NNPC’s drive towards enhancing the nation’s abundant hydrocarbon deposits.

The development, Baru added, also reinforced the Federal Government’s commitment to further harness Nigeria’s numerous resources to enhance income streams and ultimately boost the nation’s economic prosperity.

“Without doubt, this development resonates perfectly with NNPC’s commitment to growing the nation’s reserves and increase production, as enshrined in our corporate vision of 12 Business Focus Areas (12 BUFA),” Baru was quoted to have said.

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