Prof. Ibrahim Njodi, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, said the search for oil will continue in the Lake Chad basin despite the recent Boko Haram attack. Njodi made the commitment pledge when a delegation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the Ministry of Petroleum visited him in Maiduguri.
Engr. Saidu Mohammed, Chief Operating Officer in charge of gas and power unit of the Corporation led the delegation. Prof. Njodo told the delegation that though the entire University community was agitated by the cruel incident of July 25th 2017, the University would not “Chicken out’’ from doing what it is supposed to do if finally the NNPC re-organizes and return to exploration work in the area.
The University’s partnership with the Corporation can be traced to over 12 years ago when the NNPC teed-off exploration activities in the Chad Basin, the UniMaid VC described the cruel attack on the Frontier Exploration Services/Surface Geochemistry Sampling team comprising the NNPC, Consultants from University of Maiduguri, Consultants attached to the Integrated Data Services Limited, (IDSL) a subsidiary of the NNPC and Civilian escort team, as an act of God.
Prof. NJodi noted that the situation painful as it might appear must be seen as a necessary sacrifice for the development of the country. However, he called on the NNPC to stand firm beside the University and the families of the bereaved and provide the much needed support to overcome the massive setback wrought by the insurgent attack.
As a responsible corporate entity, Engr. Mohammed said the NNPC would do everything within its means to support the University and the families of the victims of the attack. “We have been great partners with the University of Maiduguri for many years and certainly when losses like this happen and under this circumstance, we cannot abandon our partners to their fate,’’ Engr. Mohammed said.