The Vice Chancellor of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai, Prof Muhammad Nasir Maiturare, was head of delegation of the NNPC Chair in Basinal Studies visit to the Research and Development Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Portharcourt on Wednesday 16th October 2019 on a collaboration visit. The delegation was received by the Group General Manager of the NNPC R&D, Engr Ben Norhile at his office at the Eleme EPCL Life Camp Complex in Portharcourt. Professor Maiturare stated that the visit was the first official outing of the NNPC Chair endowed on the University with the purpose to work out collaborative programs with the NNPC R&D Division. The Vice Chancellor enumerated high-impact projects of the University completed and ongoing in collaboration with several government agencies and the private sector stressing that the university has a policy of dedicated commitment to timely project delivery that impact on the society and the national economy. The GGM R&D congratulated the university for being the first university to win the prestigious NNPC Professorial Chair, the first of its kind to be endowed by the corporation. Engr Norhile expressed the readiness of the R&D Division to collaborate with the IBBU Chair for the benefit of the Nigerian oil and gas industry with particular emphasis on frontier basins exploration and increasing national reserve of oil and gas through harnessing of the potentials in the inland basins.

The NNPC Chair Professor, Nuhu Obaje, in his presentation elaborated on the drawn up chair projects for the five year tenure to include prospectivity evaluation of the Bida, Sokoto and Northern Anambra Basins through remapping of the basins to refine the stratigraphy as well as evaluation of potential source and reservoir lithologies, trapping mechanisms and the role of the sporadic volcanics in the petroleum system cycle. He stressed that sand fairway studies would also be carried out to as basis for tracking deep water reservoir packages. All studies according to him are to complement the larger studies being carried out by the Frontier Exploration Services Division of the NNPC. The Chair has its mandates and work programs strategically outlined in the contract agreement stipulated by the NNPC, according to him. He further informed the gathering that the Chair has outlined collaborations with other business units of the NNPC and international research institutions in North America, Europe and Asia. The meeting at the R&D office concluded with a tour of the laboratories in the division guided by the General Manager, Exploration and Production, Mr Adetola Babajide. The laboratories comprise E&P, Petroleum Engineering, Environmental, and Refining and Petrochemicals. On the Vice Chancellor’s team in addition to the Chair Professor were the Director of Academic Planning of the institution, Dr Aliyu Paiko and the Deputy Registrar, Council Office, Alhaji Babangida Jatau.

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