Nigeria’s oil industry regulatory body, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has commenced the Radiometric survey of the Bida Basin, Niger state in line with the Government’s aspiration to diversify hydrocarbon exploration across all Nigerian basins.
The agency’s Acting Director, Mr. Ahmad Shakur who gave this indication when he paid a courtesy call on the Executive Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, said the objective of the Radiometric survey is to determine the hydrocarbon prospectivity of the Bida Basin.
He stated that the exercise will cover twelve local government areas of the state.
Shakur solicited the cooperation of the state government in sensitization of the people in the affected local government areas of the survey to ensure the safe conduct of the program.
The Executive Governor who was who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, promised to give DPR maximum support including the provision of adequate security for the survey team.
He stated that the government of Niger state was delighted to have DPR carry out the survey in the state which they expect will boost the economy of the state by way of job creation.
In the same vein, Mr. Shakur paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Bida, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar to also solicit his cooperation and support for the Radiometric survey.
The Emir gave his assurance to provide support for the program and assist in the sensitisation of his people.