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Oil In The North: House Mandates Its Committees To Investigate Oil Exploration In Gombe, Bauchi States

Hon. Inuwa Garba 2

The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Petroleum Resources (Downstream, Upstream and Midstream), Gas Resources, and North–East Development Commission to investigate the oil exploration activities of the Kolani Integrated Development Project situated in Gombe and Bauchi states.

 

The order was given on Wednesday following a motion sponsored by Hon. Inuwa Garba at the floor of the House.

 

Recalled that the oil exploration in Kolmani Oil Field between Gombe and Bauchi States commenced in 2016 leading to the inauguration of Kolmani Integrated Development Project by former President Muhammadu Buhari in collaboration with President Ahmed Bola Tinubu in November 2022 after the

discovery of about 1 billion barrels of crude oil and 500 billion cubic feet of gas in the licensed area categorized as Oil Prospecting Lease (OPL) 810 and 809;

 

Also notes that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) attracted over 3 billion dollars investment including Petrochemical refining site, oil refinery of 120,000 bpd, a gas processing site of about 500 million cubic feet per day, a fertilizer plant and a 300mw power plant.

 

In addition, it is expected to afford the country with the opportunity of re-drawing hydrocarbon map and exit from speculative optimism to crystallized definitive prospects in the oil and gas sector;

 

It further notes that, the news of this discovery elicited excitement across Nigeria emanating from government’s charge to NNPCL to re-strategize and expand oil and gas exploration to Anambra, Benue and Bida Basins resulting benefits of additional volume of crude oil, foreign exchange, employment and development;

 

However, the House is worried that after the inauguration of the project, production activities declined under unexplained circumstances, thus creating apprehension and disappointment in the polity, especially in the face of current oil and gas market realities.

 

The House is disturbed that, the lack of a periodic progress report on such a lucrative project has led to speculation and despair due to the expectations of wealth creation, employment, and significant development.

 

Therefore, the House has stressed the need to expedite action on the project considering its benefits to national development and urged its Committee to investigate the matter and report back to it within four weeks for further legislative action.

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