Nigeria’s Niger State government approved the creation of a Department of Oil and Gas under the state Ministry of Mineral Resources. AlhajiMudi Mohammed, the state Commissioner for Mineral Resources, told reporters the approval was given by Governor Abubakar Bello at the State Executive Council meeting.
Niger State is looking for oil and gas in the Bida and Zungeru Basins and once established the Department of Oil & Gas will oversee the production process in line with the Federal government’s mandate. The department would be responsible for coordinating the exploration, development and deployment process to attract investors.
He further said that the department would liaise with the Federal Government on the exploration and development of the oil and gas sector in the state. According to him, the Bida Basin had been portioned into 17 oil blocks, with Main Land Oil and Gas Company already applying for two blocks, OPL 501 and OPL 517. The commissioner added that a Chinese company had visited the sites and taken samples to China for assessment.