The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC said it will begin drilling of first oil well in Nasarawa state by March this year.
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari stated this when he received a high power delegation from Nasarawa state on a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja, recently.
While addressing the delegation, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC said the corporation is working assiduously to exploit and harness the entire Hydrocarbon across the country for the benefit of Nigerians noting that Nasarawa state will soon join the link of oil producing states in the country.
He further stated that, the corporation had already carried out all its surveys and data gathering for the commencement of the exercise in Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.
In his own remarked, the minister of state for petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva said that, Nigeria has a lot of oil waiting to be exploited and harnessed for utilization and pointed out that the ministry is fully ready for oil exploration in Keana.
Earlier, the Nasarawa state Governor Engr. Abdullahi Sule appreciated the efforts of the Federal Government and the management of the NNPC for the commitment demonstrated in Kolmani in Bauchi state and noted that, the move is a clear indication that Nigeria is a great country with full potential.
The Governor further stated that, the state is interested and ready for the oil exploration assuring him of adequate security during the exercise.
The delegation led by the Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state had some personality of high repute, including the first elected Governor of the state and National Chairman of All progressive Congress APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Senator Umaru Tanko Al- Makura, Former Minister of Justice, Musa Elayo Executive Director NPHDA, DR, Faisal Shuaib and Traditional Rulers, Emir of Lafia, and Osana of keana.
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