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Kebbi, NNPC strengthen collaboration on biofuel production




By Muhammad Lawal

The government of Kebbi State and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) must continue to strengthen their collaboration in the field of biofuels and renewable energy production.

Mr. Yahaya Sarki, Advisor to Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi on the media, made this known in a statement made available to journalists in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.

Sarki said the decision was made when Bagudu paid a courtesy visit to NNPC Group (GMD) managing director Malam Mele Kyari in Abuja.

He said the visit aimed to renew efforts to strengthen earlier collaboration on biofuel and renewable energy production in the state.

In its remark, the GMD reaffirmed the NNPC’s commitment to its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)with Kebbi State on ethanol production.

Kyari informed the governor of exploratory drilling in the Sokoto Basin region which is expected to start with much of it in Kebbi State.

He commended the government of Kebbi State for its determination to update the program.

Bagudu told GMD that cassava cultivation in the state has steadily increased each year, in preparation for the start of the program.

He also discussed the hydrogen production program for which a feasibility study in collaboration with German experts would soon begin in the state.

The Chairman of the State Standing Committee on Biofuels, Professor Muhammad Kaoje-Abubakar, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Dr Abba Sani-Kalgo and other officials accompanied the Governor on the visit.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) recalls that in November 2017, the Kebbi government and the NNPC signed a memorandum of understanding to create an ethanol production company. (NOPE)



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