- A huge amount of crude oil has been discovered in Nigeria's North East, minister of state petroleum Chief Timipre Slyva says
- Going further, the minister said a lot of oil has not been found in Nigeria
- Meanwhile, he said there was a need for more exploration in the country as more oil would be discovered
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Slyva, said that about one billion Barrels of Crude oil have been discovered in Northeastern part of Nigeria.
Sylva made the disclosure at a news Conference to end the 2020 Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS), in Abuja on Wednesday.
“The figure we are getting, the jury is not totally out yet but from the evaluation results we are getting the reserve that has been discovered in the northeast is about a billion barrels.
“Those are the kind of figures we are seeing and we are beginning to understand the geological structure of the region,” he said.
According to him, a lot of oil is yet to be found in the country.
He added that there was need for more exploration in the country as more oil would be discovered.
Commenting on passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill ( PIB) by June, he said that he was confident that it would be passed based on cordial relationship between the legislature and the executive.
“We are banking on the fact today to make that promise on the fact that there is a very cordial relationship now between the legislature and executive.
He noted that investors could not invest in Nigeria if the fiscal framework was shaking or uncertain.
So, we believe today that there is a consensus among all of us – industry, Nigerians and government – that there is a need to stabilise the fiscal framework so that investors will be certain and move their money to Nigeria.
On revamping of the refinery, he said that rehabilitation of Port Harcourt refinery would start in the first quarter of 2020.
We are going to start the rehabilitation of the port Harcourt refinery which is the biggest refinery in Nigeria, if we are able to finish the port Harcourt refinery we would have achieved a lot as a government. “
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Borno state.
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