Buhari’s Allocation Of N39.4bn For Oil Exploration In North “Backward Thinking”, Says PDP Chieftain
The decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to allocate N39.4 billion for oil exploration in the Lake Chad Basin, North East Nigeria, has been described by Chief Sunny Onuesoke as “backward” thinking.
The funds for oil exploration in the North was captured in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework the Executive submitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday.
According to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, it was amazing that when the West and the rest parts of the world were exploring alternative and renewable energy solutions, Nigeria was allocating funds for oil exploration in the arid North.
“I wonder if Nigeria is thinking ahead or backward”, Onuesoke told newsmen in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State yesterday in reaction to the news of plans by the federal government to resume oil exploration in the Lake Chad Basin.
“I am saying this because when countries like America are selling their reserve and diversifying into other sources of energy generation, it is now Nigeria is exploring for more oil in the North. It should be noted that Nigeria cannot be an advocate of climate change and at the same time invest on oil exploration instead of renewable drive for sustainable energy like solar”, he argued.