We can’t turn our back on oil exploration – President Buhari Asserts

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The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has asserted that the country cannot turn its back on oil exploration due to the numerous benefits attached to it

This was stated at the fourth Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS 2021) in Abuja on Monday, June 7, by the Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, who represented Buhari at the event.

He stressed that the outcome of the summit should be the new approaches on the future of oil in the country.

He said, “The outcome should also be on how to return on the attractive performance of the pre pandemic era.

“We cannot turn our back yet on more exploration. Discovery of new fields is crucial and we need to address short term opportunities using technology that can extend life of the fields.

“Nobody should doubt our commitment to this because of our bold move by issuing new marginal field awards,” he explained.

The President talked about the target of four million barrel per day production and 40 trillion proven target.

Buhari opined that the theme of NIPS 2021: “From Crises to Opportunities” was apt considering that the world is focusing on energy transition.

“Investors are conscious of environmental issues and are turning their back on hydrocarbon investments but history has shown that human beings have insatiable need of energy which renewables does not have the capacity to provide in the future.

“Expert projects that 80 per cent of world energy needs by 2040 will come from hydrocarbon,” he said.

“So, for us as a country with vast hydrocarbon potential the situation is an opportunity and how we can utilise it is a matter of strategy,” he posited.

The president further explained that developing the strategy was the core focus of the current administration in instituting NIPS in 2016.

He added that though COVID-19 negatively impacted the oil sector, Nigeria had remained focus in its drive to bring investments in the sector.