Buhari warns North against repeating mistakes of N’Delta

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to avoid a repeat of the Niger Delta experience in the North.

He gave the admonition during the inauguration of the Kolmani Integrated Development Project (KIPRO) in Barambu (Gongola Basin), a community between Bauchi and Gombe states.

The project is the first oil production venture in the North.

The President told the NNPCL and other stakeholders to learn from the nation’s experience with oil production in the Niger Delta.

He said: “We are pleased with the current discovery of over one billion barrels of oil reserves and 500 billion Cubic Feet of Gas within the Kolmani area and the huge potential for more deposits as we intensify exploration efforts.

“It is good to note that the discovery has now attracted investment for an end-to-end integrated development and monetization of the hydrocarbon resources.

“As a fully integrated in-situ development project, comprising upstream production, oil refining, power generation, and fertilizer, the project promises many benefits for the nation.

“I have engaged the governors of Bauchi and Gombe states, and both have given me assurances of their unwavering commitment and willingness to ensure support and cooperation in these localities as this activity affects the local populations.

“I urge the NNPC Limited, NNDC, and their strategic partners to ensure all lessons learned from our years of experience as an oil-producing nation are utilized to ensure harmonious relationship with the local communities.”



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