Timipre Sylva, the minister of State for Petroleum Resources on Monday said the oil exploration in the North-East region by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was successful.
The minister announced this while featuring on a television programme in Abuja.
He said two oil wells have been drilled in Gombe State while oil search activities will continue on Nigeria’s side of the Chad Basin.
Sylva, when asked to give an update on the exploration of oil in the Lake Chad area, said, “Definitely, we are very much on that project. We have already found oil. We have drilled two wells so far in the North-East, in the Gombe area and they were very successful and the exploration and drilling will continue on our side of the Chad Basin.”
Meanwhile the Gombe State Government had expressed its support to increase Nigeria’s hydrocarbon resource base through the search for oil in the Gongola Basin.
The government said all communities in the state were ready to offer assistance to ensure the exploration success that existed between the state and the NNPC.