By Adoga Ugaga, Abuja
This is coming barely a week after exploration was officially commissioned in Bauchi state.
In a statement signed by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity yesterday, the President announced that “the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC will soon commence drilling for a deeper search for oil and gas in the Benue Trough.”
He made the announcement while traditional rulers at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Makurdi. He recalled that as minister of petroleum in the 70s, he saw “very interesting seismic surveys” that promised oil and gas from the Chad Basin through the Benue Trough down to the Delta region.
He narrated past efforts by him as military Head of State to diversify the country’s sources of oil to strengthen its unity, promising that his administration will intensify efforts in this direction.
The president promised to look at requests for more roads, bridges and tertiary institutions made by the royal father.
Earlier, the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, expressed appreciation to President Buhari for the way and manner he conducted peaceful campaigns without violence. The Tor Tiv also appreciated the president for intervening in 2016 when they had security challenges.
The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom in his remarks, called for free and fair elections, urging all contestants to abide by the outcome. He told the president that, “We believe you are a man of integrity and you keep your words. I will like to believe that you will not do anything to truncate our democracy.”