A former Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Amb. Yerima Abdullahi, has mentioned the primary Prime Minister of Nigeria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912-1966), knew in regards to the deposits of oil within the North however didn’t discover it.
Abdullahi mentioned Balewa’s intention was to permit the youthful generations to discover the oil.
He mentioned the invention of oil within the North, notably the latest one within the Gondola Basin, had shamed those that tag the area as a parasite on Nigeria.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation lately introduced the invention of hydrocarbon deposits within the Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin, within the North-Eastern a part of the nation.
Based on this discovery, Abdullahi mentioned these describing the North as a parasite on others need to eat their phrases.
He mentioned, “The future is now. Fortunately, the oil was present in Bauchi, which is our dwelling. We count on many different mineral sources equivalent to gold and copper to be found, and never simply oil, within the North.
“Oil and gas existed before we were born. Even our elders, including the Tafawa Balewa government, knew but decided not to make so much noise about it, but to leave it for the younger generations.”
Abdullahi didn’t state if the newest discovery would spark self-determination as pursued by different areas however mentioned the North had by no means denied any a part of the nation the precise to manage their sources.
“We are glad that oil has been found in the North and it will add to Nigeria’s wealth because we believe in the unity of the country. We don’t begrudge any part of the country or Nigerians from partaking in the wealth God has given us,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Ismaila Misilli, has welcomed the invention of hydrocarbon deposits within the Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough of the Gongola Basin.
He mentioned, “The growth will change the financial fortune of the state and the North-East geopolitical zone, stimulate job creation and in the end result in job creation and wealth for the individuals.
“The North is not bothered about resource control. An average Northerner believes everything in the country belongs to the whole country. That is why you see us (Northerners) accommodating people coming from far and near. This (oil discovery) will not change our mindset.”