It has been reported that the Federal Government of Nigeria has promised to support Senegal by sharing Nigeria’s oil exploration experiences with the West African nation as the foreign country intensified its production of oil and gas.
According to report, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, made the promise in Abuja, while playing host to a delegation from Senegal, led by the country’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Aissatou Gladima.
Sylva stated that, “This is the best time to incorporate some of the experiences that we have had and that is why it is very important that you came now. I want to assure you that we will work with you.”
He added that, “In the oil sector, we have some advantage as a country because we’ve been in this sector for a very long time and a lot of lessons have been learnt. Oil production in Nigeria started as early as 1927 but no commercial production was made until the 1950s.”
He reportedly stressed that, “In fact, it had been proven over and over again that they cannot be responsible for our development. We have to take full responsibility for our development and that is why we are happy that you are here today.”
Meanwhile, Gladima has reacted by describing Nigeria as a good place for Senegal to learn about the production of oil, since Nigeria had been producing crude oil for over 50 years, as she alluded to the position of Sylva that Africans must work together.