Ibrahim Njodi, vice-chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, says the search for oil in the Lake Chad basin will continue despite the recent Boko Haram attack.
Speaking when a delegation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission, NNPC, visited the him in Maiduguri over the weekend, Njodi said the institution is not deterred over the recent incident.
Senior lecturers of the university and staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission, NNPC, were part of the team ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents during an oil exploration mission near Lake Chad. Then they are to get them
Njodi told the delegation that though the university community is distraught by the incident, the institution cannot “chicken out” from doing what it is supposed to do.
Describing it as an act of God, Njodi said the university would continue with the task when eventually the NNPC re-organises and returns to exploration work in the area.
Njodi called on the NNPC to stand firm beside the university and the families of the bereaved as well as provide “the much-needed s-upport to overcome the massive setback brought by the insurgent attack.”
Meanwhile, Saidu Mohammed, an NNPC official who led the delegation, said the corporation would do “everything within its means” to support the university and the families of the victims of the attack.
“We have been great partners with the University of Maiduguri for many years and certainly when losses like this happen and under this circumstance, we cannot abandon our partners to their fate,” he said.