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Over a billion barrels of oil found in northern Nigeria-Buhari

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The president says the country also found 500 billion cubic feet of gas within the Kolmani area of Gombe and Bauchi, and has attracted $3 billion investment already.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday flagged off the first crude oil drilling project in northern Nigeria, on the boundary of Bauchi and Gombe States.

The NNPC had in October 2019 announced the discovery of hydrocarbon deposits in the Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin, in the North-eastern part of the country.

The commercial quantity discovery was the first in the region after several crude oil explorations in the Upper Benue Trough.

The oilfield will be developed by Sterling Global Oil, New Nigeria Development Commission (NNDC) and NNPC Ltd.

The discovery of oil and gas in commercial quantities in the Gongola Basin, according to NNPC, will attract foreign investment, generate employment for people to earn income and increase government revenues.

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During the flag-off in Bauchi on Tuesday, Mr Buhari said the successful discovery of the Kolmani Oil and Gas field by NNPC and her partners has finally broken a decades long jinx.

“This is indeed significant considering that efforts to find commercial oil and gas outside the established Niger Delta Basin were attempted for many years without the desired outcomes,” Mr Buhari said.

“This discovery had emanated from our charge to the NNPC to re-strategize and expand its oil and gas exploration footprints to the frontier basins of Anambra, Dahomey, Sokoto, Benue trough, Chad and Bida Basins. Similar activities across the other basins are currently actively ongoing.”

 

“We are pleased with the current discovery of over 1 billion barrels of oil reserves and 500 billion cubic feet of gas within the Kolmani area and the huge potential for more deposits as we intensify exploration efforts.

 

“As a fully integrated in-situ development project comprising upstream production, oil refining, power generation and fertilizer, the project promises many benefits for the nation. This includes but is not limited to Energy Security, Financial Security, Food security as well as overall socio-economic development for the country,” he said.

Mr Buhari noted that considering the landlocked location and the huge capital requirement, the economics of the project is a challenging proposition.

“Consequently, from the onset, I instructed NNPC Limited to utilize and leverage their vast asset portfolio across all corridors of its operations to de-risk the project to attract the much-needed investment. I have directed NNPC to continue along these lines.

“It is therefore to the credit of this administration that at a time when there is near zero appetite for investment in fossil energy, coupled with the location challenges, we are able to attract investment of over USD 3 billion to this project,” he said.

According to him, this will surely be a reference subject for favourable discussion in the industry as we pursue the energy transition program that will culminate in our country achieving Net-Zero position 1 by the year 2060.

“I have engaged the Governors of Bauchi and Gombe States, and both have given me assurances of their unwavering commitment and willingness to ensure support and cooperation in these localities as this activity affects the local populations,” he said.

He urged the NNPC Ltd, NNDC, and their Strategic partners to ensure all lessons learnt from our years of experience as an oil-producing nation are utilized to ensure harmonious relationships with the local communities.

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BIKOBA Mourns National Legal Adviser

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The Birnin Kudu Old Boys association has mourned its National Legal Adviser Barrister Nuhu Dawakin Aminu .

In a statement signed by National publicity secretary of the association Malam Mahmud Ibrahim Kwari said

“With total submission to Allah the National leadership and indeed the entire members of Birninkudu Old Boys Association (BIKOBA) received with shock and sorrow, the news of the death of the National legal adviser of the body, Barrister Nuhu Dawaki Aminu.”

Barrister Nuhu Aminu who until his death was the Chief Magistrate Court Gumel, Jigawa state died on Friday, the 18th day of November, 2022 after brief illness.

The decease who graduated from University of Maiduguri Borno state with L.LB in 1999, attended Government Unity College, Birninkudu from 1981 – 1986 and is survived by a wife and nine children also left behind his father Malam Dawaki Aminu and relatives.

Leading BIKOBA National Officers on Condolence visit to the family of late Barrister Nuhu, the President of BIKOBA, Malam Ja’afar Muhammad Usman (Turakin Gaya) described late Nuhu as a principled, professional and highly intelligent personality who contributed immensely with a good sense of responsibility to the promotion of Judiciary in Jigawa state and indeed the Nation as a whole.

The BIKOBA president prayed to Almighty Allah to grant him Aljannah Firdausi and also give his immediate family and BIKOBA Family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, said the demise of Barrister Nuhu Dawaki has created serious vacuum that is difficult to fill.

 

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CITAD Trains Remand Home Inmates In Kano

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By Ozumi Abdul

Centre for information Technology and Development (CITAD) on Thursday concluded the training of inmates in the remand home in Goron Dutse, Kano state on ICT and phone repairs.

The training which lasted for six weeks was segmented into three weeks each, with the first segment dedicated to ICT training and the other for phone repairs.

While speaking, the Deputy Director of CITAD, Ahmad Abdullahi Yakasai, said his organization has been combing the entire country in the bid to bring technological development to bear upon every area of humanity, but however discovered that certain segments of people have been sidelined.

Yakasai noted that this informed the reason for his organization’s training of the underaged inmates of the remand home, because the inmates are not enjoying the benefits of ICT.

He said that CITAD finds it imperative to organise a training of such nature to build the capacities of the inmates, adding that unemployment might be the reason why they are in detention.

He exuded the confidence that with the training, the inmates would not only be self employed, but employers of other people when they are freed from detention.

“Well, as you are aware CITAD is a Centre For Information Technology And Development, we aim to use technology to bring development to the people. We have been working around the country, but we later discovered that certain segments of people have been sidelined, not deriving the benefit of technology, and that is the reason we organise this training to build their capacities.

“Also we think that most of them, it might be the issue of unemployment that brought them here. So by the time they leave here, they will be able to stand on their feet and to employ others”, Yakasai said.

On her part, the representative from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Kano state,Hajiya Abdullahi Hafsat expressed her happiness towards the efforts of CITAD, as well as enjoining the beneficiaries to make use of the opportunity when they returned to their various homes.

Also, the officer in charge of the remand home, Mallam Musa Muhammad Tarauni commanded CITAD for their gesture, promising that the remand home will continue to partner with the organization.

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Pure Water Producers Announces Price Increment

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The Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) says it has jacked up the price of sachet water from N200 to N300 per bag.

This is contained in a statement issued by the National President of the association, Mrs Clementina Ativie in Abuja.

The president said the decision was unanimously reached during ATWAP national convention in Abuja on Wednesday.

She said that the change in the price was as a result of the increase in the prices of material, coupled economic situation of the country.

She said that the change in the price was as a result of the increase in the prices of material, coupled economic situation of the country.

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