Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has said that the more Nigeria commits it resources to exploring more oil and gas potentials the better for its economy in the next fifty years.
Tambuwal who made the remark in Sokoto Wednesday while declaring open a 2-day Regional knowledge sharing on Hydrocarbon potentials in the state organised by PTDF in collaboration with the state government and Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto noted that Sokoto was the least of all basins with hydrocarbon potentials in terms of attention.
” It has been a subject of controversy due to the scarce available data to attract attention”, he pointed.
The governor said the basin has large reserve discovered of hydrocarbon which required the engagement of experts to explore and make data available to attract investors.
Tambuwal however, acknowledged PTDF’s wise commitment to fast tracking the process of addressing the prospects of river basins as tool for supporting the energy needs and economic development of the country.
” We the Gvernors of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina states are committed and set with the political will to drive the process along for the benefit of our states and nation”, Tambuwal said.
Also, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state said Sokoto basin has been disadvantaged unevenly for years by the NNPC and DPR.
According to him” NNPC needs to be supported to transform its technological operations in exploring the potentials and reservs in river basins through diversified process that would guarantee its prospects as a company in the development and production of ethonol.
” This will also allow the organisation the independence and capacity to use its revenue to expand its operations across the country to ensure explorations in states with potentials”, he said.
However, Governors Bello Masari and Abdulaziz Yari were unavoidably absent but represented.