Governors of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina states are willing to partner the Federal Government to facilitate the exploration of both ethanol and hydrocarbon resources in the basin.
The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said this, adding that his administration would support the Federal Government in ensuring the success of the exploration activities in the Sokoto Basin.
He stated this on Thursday at the Regional Technology Knowledge-sharing conference on hydrocarbon potential of Sokoto Basin going on at the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto.
The conference was organised by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund in collaboration with the Sokoto State Government and the university to improve expert literature and share research results on the viability of hydrocarbon in the Sokoto Basin.
Tambuwal said, “In pursuance of such reliable data, the Sokoto State Government contracted a Chinese company, which surveyed the basin and confirmed the availability of hydrocarbon phosphate in abundance.
“Nigeria is in urgent need of more oil and gas reserves to help in developing other economic sectors for fast industrial development of the country,” the governor added.