Despite insurgency, UNIMAID to continue oil, gas exploration in Lake Chad Basin
The University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) has defied Boko Haram insurgency and abduction of its staff to continue oil and gas exploration in Lake Chad Basin of Borno and Yobe states.
The defiance was announced, when the management team of the university led by vice chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi, visited the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru in Abuja.
Njodi said that the freed lecturers and the entire university community were ready to remobilise for oil exploration in the Chad Basin, despite their abductions and ongoing insurgency in the basin of northeast region.
“In spite of the harrowing experiences of the adoptees in the captivity of insurgents, the University of Maiduguri was focused on carrying through the exploration programme in the inland sedimentary basins for oil and gas,” said Njodi.
The freed teachers who accompanied the vice-chancellor included Dr. Solomon Nehemiah Yusuf, Mr. Yusuf Ibrahim, both lecturers of the Geology Department of the university and Mr. Haruna Dashe, of the Works Department.
Njodi announced that one of the victims of the attack, Muhammed Alhaji Kolo, died as a result of gunshot wounds inflicted on him by the insurgents last July.
He stated that the university community would not forget the support the corporation extended to the families of the victims in their hours of need.
Baru thanked the academics for their visit, stating that NNPC was ready to mobilize to the Chad Basin for further exploration activities. He pledged that the NNPC would work rigorously with the university and all relevant security agencies to fortify then environment for smooth exploration activities.
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