The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday unveiled plans to set up an oil and gas museum in Oloibiri, the historic town where oil was first drilled in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by Bello Rabiu, NNPC chief operating officer, Upstream, who said it was part of plans to increase government revenue.

NNPC presented the Act to establish the National Oil and Gas Museum and Research Centre in Oloibiri, and recommended the construction of the museum with clear budgetary allocation from the federal government under the control and management of the National Commission for Museum and Monuments.

“It is better to refine and upgrade the capacity of the Petroleum Training Institute, in Warri and the National College of Petroleum Studies, Kaduna, in order to avoid duplication of functions and more importantly ensure optimal utilization of funds,’’ NNPC said.

Oloibiri had been the centre stage for Nigeria’s oil revolution after it moved away from agriculture.

Oil was first drilled in Oloibiri in 1956 before the nation’s independence.

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