Large crude oil deposits have been found in the Bida Basin located in Niger state by some students of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda University, Lapai.
According to reports, the discovery was made public by Professor Nuhu Obaje who is the University’s Research Centre director at the exhibition of raw materials and local products in the Manufacturing and Equipment EXPO Nigeria 2017, in Lagos on Thursday, March 16.
Obaje explained that his centre has introduced a technology that will make crude oil discovery and drilling quick noting that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Niger state government and the president have been duly informed of the larest discovery.
We have a technology that finds oil faster. We found crude oil at Bida Basin and we used our technology to locate more areas.
We have communicated it to Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and the State Government and soon, the drilling machine will muster to site
They will use our research and produce oil faster and in abundance. Already, the Niger State Governor, Bello Sani, has written to the presidency.
We are aware that they have acted on it. The ball is in the NNPC’s court because we are waiting for them although the response has been good so far.
We have moved to another level of application, innovation and domestication. We are here to demonstrate the research we have been doing over the years.
We have developed a new technology of using clean coal for electricity generation, smokeless fuel production and power generation.
We are using clean coals to stop the generation of fumes that are dangerous, so that people can use it without it being injurious to their health.
Ordinarily, coal emits green house gases that negatively affect the climate but at IBB University Research Centre, we have had that dangerous part of the coals removed.
We are hoping that solid minerals and agriculture will complement crude oil as we are keying into the Federal Government’s policy of diversification.