The General Manager, Frontier Exploration Services of the NNPC has expressed that the geologists produced by the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria have contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria’s extraction industry. He made this declaration at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Department of Geology, Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria yesterday.
The General Manager was represented by the Deputy Manager, Benue Through Operations of the NNPC, Alex Tarka, a geologist that graduated from the department of geology in ABU. In his remarks, he mentioned that several geologists that graduated from the school like he did have continued to help the mining industry of Nigeria via private organizations, foreign ones and the national bodies like the NNPC. In his remarks, he said that:
“NNPC upstream as the arm that carries out petroleum exploration activities is a beneficiary of the contribution of the department of geology of this institution, as many of its graduates have worked or are still working in the MPDC, the E and P arm of the NNPC located in Benin City, Integrated data services, the seismic arm of the NNPC.
“Let us take a quick look at NNPC exploration effort in some inland basins in Nigeria, starting with the Chad basin, between 1976 and 1996, a total of 33 thousand kilometers of 2D seismic data were acquired, processed and interpreted, which led to the drilling of three wells in the Chad basin.
“I have the honour to let my department know that as at 1992, I was one of the geologists in one of the wells. Only two out of the 21 wells, the Uwadi and Kinasa recorded non-commercial gas while the other 21 had drive from 2008 to 2017. Just last year, a total of 1, 962.20 square kilometers of 3D seismic data were acquired, processed and interpreted and prospects have been identified. Plans to commence drilling of the matured prospects have commenced.”
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Garba Ibrahim encouraged individuals and the government to invest more in the ining sector. He said “resources will always be there in the ground for geologists to exhume, but the other requirement that the country must have in other to promote the development of the resources must be there. We need government’s commitment and investment.
“The resources that we benefit today has been product of very hard work over a long period of tremendous investment, so if we want to continue to benefit from the abundant mineral resource we have, we must work hard, we must invest and then develop the resources for the future,” he concluded.