Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has charged traditional rulers, especially in the Bida Basin, to continue to sensitise their communities on the activities of Carbon Hydro deposits and its benefits to the entire country.
The Operations Controller of DPR Field office, Minna, Engineer Abdullahi Isah Jankara, gave the advice when the executives of Correspondents Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, led by the chairman, Yakubu Mustapha Bina, paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
Jankara, who applauded the federal government foresight for the project, however, emphasized the need for the community enlightenment and the Socio – economic benefits of the project in terms of job opportunities and development of the society.
He stressed that “we will learn from the mistakes of Niger Delta so as to properly protect the environment and would ensure adequate compensation for the people as well as community inclusiveness in all its activities to ensure peaceful coexistence” he stated.
The controller said that before the Department was established, only one gas plant existed in Minna and three in Suleja which was not licensed but currently has 18 licensed gas plant in Minna alone with about 13 springing up soon.
He called for gas utilisation in the state to end desertification which has negative impact on the environment that must be preserved, adding that over 70 per cent of DPR operations are online to ease its businesses including the processing of licenses in oil and gas.
Jankara reassured that there will be no scarcity of petroleum as the year gets to the end, saying that the recent fuel problem in Bida was due to bad roads, appealing to both federal and state governments to as a matter of urgency fix all the roads to ease transportation of its products to all nooks and crannies of the state.
In his remarks, chairman, Correspondents Chapel of the NUJ, Yakubu Mustapha Bina, assured the department of a robust partnership in sensitizing the people through it reportage in the state and commended the office for the numerous achievements recorded thus far.