Addressing State House reporters later, Tambuwal stressed the need for the Federal Government to continue to support the endeavour which, according to him, will help in the provision of more oil and gas in Nigeria and bringing about agricultural revolution in the area.
Tambuwal said while oil had always been in the Sokoto Basin since 1957 when the first attempt was made, the focus was shifted to the Niger Delta where exploration was easier.
The governor said he also briefed Buhari on the outcome of the recent visit by some northern governors to the southeast over growing agitations across Nigeria.
“I was personally at the NNPC towers where we engaged the GMD of the NNPC on possible oil exploration in the Sokoto basin and I’ve had cause to brief the president on that particular interaction…It has always been there since 1957 when the first attempt was made, but with the discovery of oil in the Delta which, we believe from the information we have, is easier to exploit, there was a shift in focus to that of Niger Delta.
“We believe, particularly the issue of gas, we need it for our local consumption, we have the conviction that what we have in that area is more than sufficient for an upward of 20 to 30 days of use by the people of the area. If explored, we don’t have to make pipelines from the Delta region up north to northwest states of Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina, if you do that, you’ll ease the problem of evacuation and transportation or piping as it were of gas and petroleum products. So it’s a way of providing cheaper services to the people,” he said.