PTDF assures NTDC of Oloibiri oil museum completion

Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Dr Oluwole Oluleye has assured management of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) of the fund’s commitment to pursue the completion of the proposed Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum. Oluleye, who spoke in Abuja while receiving the Director General NTDC, Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, said completing the museum would not only harness the history of oil exploration in Nigeria but also to serve as a viable tourist attraction for the country. He said PTDF has commenced the process of establishing a National Research Centre and Oil and Gas Museum in Oloibiri, Bayelsa State, which will serve as a repository of knowledge and artifacts on the early history of oil exploration in Nigeria, and illuminate the essence of petroleum science education and related environmental issues including oil and gas research.“It’s a dream that if finally realized, the museum will be the first of its kind to harness the early history of oil exploration in the country, and will serve as an archive where samples of research outputs will be laid for references. This is in addition to its becoming a tourist attraction for people from all walks of life and especially those interested in oil and gas explorations. “We are building a research museum and conference centre at Oloibiri in Bayelsa State, Oloibiri itself should have been a tourism centre a long time ago, considering its significance of being where oil was found in commercial quantity”. He pointed out that, the country has benefited from oil proceeds over a long period of time and it is therefore a worthwhile venture to develop a centre in Oloibiri to celebrate the early history of its existence in the country.

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Edition 52March 2014

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