Buhari gave the directive at Barambu town, in Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State, while flagging-off the commencement of drilling activities, at Kolmani-II Oil Well, Gongola Basin, Upper Benue Trough.
“Exploration in our frontier basins is imperative to the economy of the country.
“I therefore, have directed NNPC to intensify its campaign in the Chad Basin, to discover new hydrogen, to extend the economy of the people within the region and the nation at large.
“Our next level is to ensure that exploration is extended to Chad Basin, Gongola Basin, Anambra Basin, Sokoto Basin, Dahomey Basin, Bida Basin, and Benue Trough, for more prosperous Nigeria.
“Gas and oil remain critical to the present economic development of our country and the future”, he said.
According to him, they remain “key to the implementation of our budget at all levels of government.”
He further commended the NNPC for the exploration into Kalmani River II Well, which he said will spur-off socioeconomic activities.
The President said that his association with hydrocarbon research started in Lake Chad, as Federal Commissioner of Petroleum and Natural resources, in 1976.
“That era led to the drilling of 23 wells, which two were of gaseous, where NNPC acquired 2,000 square meters of land in the basin”, he added.
Buhari also commended the Security Agents, for working tirelessly to ensure that the area was safe to conduct exploration activities.