Though, Boko-Haram killed six of its staffers and kidnapped three others in July 2017, the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) says it is ready to mobilize and return to Lake Chad for Oil Exploration because it signed an agreement with NNPC and the work was almost completed, so it will be returning to complete the assignment; the VC, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi has said.
At the 23rd Combined Convocation Ceremony of the University on Saturday, Njodi said the management and staff of the university would not be discouraged by the July 25, 2017 incident, which occurred during a field trip to the Lake Chad area with some personnel of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
“The University of Maiduguri will not be discouraged by what happened. We are ready to mobilise to the site to continue with the assignment anytime the security agencies fortify the environment for smooth exploration activities,” he announced.
He said the university would continue to collaborate with the corporation to resume work and complete the assignment to pave way for oil exploration in the Lake Chad region.
Njodi said the university believes in research for development and as such signed an agreement with NNPC on June 24, 2017 to conduct gravity, magnetic and soil geochemical survey in the Chad Basin area of Magumeri and Gubio.
The NNPC/UNIMAID team had successfully covered 50 points of its assignment at Mongumeri area in 10 days and was only returning on the last day when the insurgents ambushed the team, killing six UNIMAID staff and abducted three others, as well as some soldiers and civilian JTF and NNPC staff.
He assured that the university would continue to uphold the vision of its founding fathers, noting that UNIMAID had witnessed several attacks leading to loss of lives and property.
“Despite all these attacks, our university keeps its learning and teaching,” he noted.