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Four States Seek Expedite Action On Oil Exploration In Sokoto | The Precision

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Governor
of Sokoto state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said his administration will support the Federal
Government in ensuring success of exploration activities in the Sokoto
Basin.

According to him, Governors of Sokoto,
Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina states are willing to partner with relevant
agencies to facilitate the exploration of both ethanol and hydrocarbon
resources in the basin.
He
stated this today at the ongoing Regional Technology Knowledge-sharing
conference on hydrocarbon potentials of Sokoto Basin going on at the
Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto.

The
conference is organised by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund
(PTDF) in collaboration with Sokoto State Government and the host
University to improve expert literature and share research results on
the viability of hydrocarbon in the Sokoto Basin.

He
said the location of the Sokoto basin is the south eastern portion of a
larger basin which covers North Western Nigeria, most parts of Niger
Republic, Benin Republic, Mali, Algeria and Libya.

Tambuwal
said almost all available hydrocarbon resources are reservoired deep
underground, and that there is the need to engage experts to come up
with in-depth,credible and convincing data capable of attracting
international investment into basin.

“In
pursuance of such reliable data, the Sokoto state government contracted
a Chinese company which surveyed the basin and confirmed the
availability hydro carbon phosphate in abundance.

“Nigeria
is in urgent need of more oil and gas reserves to help in developing
other economic sectors for fast industrial development of the country,”
the Governor added.
According
to him, exploring the inland basins will be beneficial to the nation,
especially because the Niger Delta and offshore areas have witnessed
exploration for too long.

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