…As DPR seals 14 illegal LPG plants in Abuja***
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru says it will resume crude oil search in the Chad basin immediately it gets clearance from security agencies in the country.
Baru stated this, during a courtesy visit on him by Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed in Abuja on Wednesday, insisting that the prospect of finding oil in the Chad Basin
“We will go back there as soon as we receive security clearance. There seems to be some prospects there because Niger Republic drilled over 600 wells and now they are producing while we have only drilled 23 wells,” he said.
Baru commended the people of Bauchi and Gombe States, especially communities in the exploration area for their support and hospitality, while assuring them of NNPC’s support in the provision of infrastructure and amenities.
He pledged the support of NNPC on the proposed Institute of Petroleum Studies to be established in Bauchi State University.
He also assured the governor of synergy between the institution and the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Warri, for exchange programmes and manpower development.
The NNPC boss said oil search in the Chad Basin was suspended after a team of its Frontier Exploration Services and their consultants from the University of Maiduguri were attacked and some of them abducted on July 25, 2017.
In his remarks, Mohammed said his visit was to seek collaboration with the corporation on how to move the state forward.
“We are happy that we have some hydrocarbon not only in Bauchi but also in Gombe both in the Gongola Basin, and we are totally committed to the exploration activities of the NNPC in the area,” he said
In the meantime, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in collaboration with the Nigeria Securities and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have sealed 14 illegal sellers of Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) known as cooking gas in Abuja.
Malam Abubakar Buba, DPR Abuja Zonal Coordinator told newsmen on Wednesday that the effort was to ensure that all retail operators were licensed.
Buba said that DPR had gone round severally to warn the operators, but they continued to operate illegally.
“We were able to seal about 14 plants operating illegally around this area.
“Our major focus for this exercise today is to make sure everybody have permits to operate,” he said.
Some of the plants sealed were located around Galadimawa, Locogoma, Sunny vale and Apo Resettlement.
Buba said that of paramount importance for DPR was safety of lives and property because of the high risk associated with gas.
He said that the process of getting the licence was very simple as government wants to help grow small businesses to achieve LPG penetration in the country.
“If you don’t have a permit like we said earlier, you should come to the office and with necessary requirement, you will get your permit so that you will be able to operate.
“The safety of the people, the lives and property is very paramount. We are here for every Nigerian, to help everybody.
“The requirement are simple, get your company papers, make sure the site, side of the land and vessel, measure from vessel to the fence and the location must meet the requirements.
“If you meet up with it, you can now install your facility,” he said.
He said that DPR would continue to create awareness about this and also warn marketers that supply product to ensure they supply the correct people.
He said that those arrested by the NSCDC would be charged to court for prosecution, adding that DPR would continue to work with all relevant agency to ensure sanity in the system.
One of the retailers arrested who refused to give her name said that she had started the process of registration to get the license.
“I cannot accept that I am operating illegally, I just came to my shop to collect something from a friend that does not know my house and they came and arrested me.
“I’m already trying to get the things they said I should get to have the license,” she said