The 19 northern state governments have appointed a British firm to carry out oil exploration activities in the region.
Chairman, Northern Nigeria Development Company, owned by the 19 northern state governments, Mallam Bashir Dalhatu, at the weekend, said the company had commenced its prospects for oil and gas in the Lake Chad and Benue basins.
He made the disclosure when the company’s board and management visited Kastina State governor, Aminu Masari.
His words: “We have engaged a British company that is already working in the Lake Chad region and from Niger and Chad side in the same area with us and we have been meeting with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in order to put efforts together.
“The Federal Government has also re-emphasised to us, during those meetings, its total support for exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in the North-East of the country.”