Bauchi mulls prevention of Niger Delta experience over oil find
Following discovery of oil in Bauchi, the state government yesterday said it is working to prevent oil spillages, which destroyed farmlands, waters and the environment of the Niger Delta region.
Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Alhaji Mohammed Sadiq, said the state government has earmarked some projects to develop the communities where oil had been discovered in the state.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had in January 2019 announced the discovery of crude oil in Alkaleri Council Area of the state.He said, “The governor as a proactive leader, has earmarked development projects in those communities, he took their case as a special case, he has mission of bringing all development projects needed in the area.”He explained that the government was committed to using the proceeds from oil exploration to lift people out of poverty and ensure that the Niger Delta experience was being addressed beforehand.
Sadiq refuted claims that there was a feud over the ownership of the oil between Bauchi and Gombe states, saying, “There is no problem, my governor has been preaching peace, he is not even bothered about any conflict because he believes there is no conflict between Bauchi and Gombe.
“This is only coming from few people, but there is no problem between the two states, the authorities know where everything falls. So, it is not in doubt that oil has been discovered in Bauchi, the other place which discovery it being expected may fall in Gombe State.“We are expecting that and praying that their own well been worked on should be successful and other new wells discovered in Bauchi. I don’t think there is cause for alarm. There will not be any conflict whatsoever between the two states.”