From.Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi
The Communities of Bauchi and Gombe State have appealed to the Federal government and President Muhammadu Buhari, in person to mount pressure
on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to begin oil and gas exploration in Bauchi and Gombe State and the entire Gongola basin.
Chairman of Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State Yusuf Garba Alkaleri, and Barrister Abdulahi Mohammed Inuwa from Gombe State made the call separately when they interacted with reporters in Bauchi.
Yusuf who is the Bauchi State Chairman of Associations of Local Government Chairmen said that oil and gas exploration in the area would trigger economic activities and create jobs for the states in the region.
He said , “With the discovery of oil and gas in Bauchi states,and, in the whole of Gongola Basin, we are grateful to God , to President Muhammadu Buhari and Bauchi State Governor for their support to ensure the discovery of oil in our areas and not only discovery, we seek to get the support of the federal government, so that pressure will be mounted on the Nigerian National Petroleum cooperation NNPC to see to the fact that the exploration of the oil and gas deposit that is available in Bauchi and in fact the wider Gongola Basin is encouraged so that economic activities will be triggered, our people will have jobs and the Bauchi will join the league of oil producing states.”
He said, even though Government work has certain procedures but it will be good if government hasten the exploration since oil was discovered in commercial quantity we need to start selling the oil to boost economic activities and create more employment opportunities to our youths.
Yusuf commended the NNPC for the payment of compensation to the people whose farms and plots of land were affected during searching of oil blocks in the area.
He said” we are grateful to the Bauchi Governor who create a conducive atmosphere by citing Schools Hospital’s and other Social amenities needed for the smooth takeoff of the oil business in the area”
On his part Barrister Abdullahi Mohammed Inuwa said ” three oils blocjs was discovered in the area we need President Buhari and the Federal Government to build even small Modular refineries and start digging the oil in the market in order to boost economic activities.
Abdullahi who came from the communities where oil was discovered appeal to the NNPC to pay the owners of farms and plots of lands affected compensation because some people their farmlands including crops wee destroyed as a result of movement of heavy duty equipment of vehicles.
Two weeks a go in Maiduguri president Muhammadu Buhari said newly discovered oil in Bauchi and Gombe states will help balance the “politics of oil” across the country.
“Now oil has almost become irrelevant, but we thank God that oil is now discovered in Bauchi and Gombe and that will help to balance the politics of oil in the country.”
Many believed that Buhari was referring to the Niger Delta’s perceived political power arising from its rich petroleum deposit, according to a report by Peoples Gazette.