The Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) has completed well drilling survey in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Speaking after the four-week exercise, the Technical Director, Geocardinal Engineering Services Limited and consultant on the project, Titilope Adeyemo, an engineer, disclosed that over 50 questionnaires were distributed to respondents across the eight local governments in the city, including Ibadan Southwest, Akinyele and Egbeda, among others.
Besides, he noted that COMEG’s membership registration forms were freely given to more than 40 individual and corporate members to avail themselves of the unique benefits.
Adeyemo said though the exercise was not without some attendant hitches, it provided clue on the state of the age-long drilling business in Ibadan.
He said in most of the offices, the prominent features were abandoned and moribund drilling rigs and equipment, indicating the redundancy of these indigenous owners and practitioners.
He said the proliferation of foreign investors might have forced them out of business as they were unable to favourably considering the modern equipment and technology deployed by the foreigners.
He, however, hinted that this had been at a great cost to the nation as the aliens only derive perverse satisfaction in operating with utter disregard for ethical codes and professionalism.
An example, according to him, is the Indian investors who allegedly patronise quacks and impostors for geophysical survey of groundwater as part of pre-drilling.
He said often the geophysical data generated by these untrained geophysicists are inaccurate and unreliable leading to the drilling of dry holes with insufficient and unsustainable yield
There is also the violation of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) rules while drilling by them as most of the drillers and drilling assistants who are predominantly Nigeriens are without helmets, ear plugs, nose covers and boots needed for protection
This, he noted, predisposes them to health risk that might incapacitate or claim their lives.