Gas is new hope for Nigeria – Okowa

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– As Ogidigben Industrial Gas park comes under focus

By Kasarachi Azuka

Asaba

 The governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has affirmed that gas is the new way to go in Nigeria’s industrial march. Okowa has therefore described Ogidigben Industrial Gas Park in the state as a litmus test for the development of the gas road map in Nigeria. He has called for the speedy take off of the project just as he said the gas sector holds a lot of prospects for the economic development of the country.

Okowa who said this when members of the Steering Committee of the Ogidigben Industrial Gas Park led by Sheikh Mohammed Bayorh paid him a courtesy visit, said that the gas sector holds a lot of prospects for the economic development of the country.

“It is my hope that this project starts in earnest because it has been delayed for long. We need to fast track the project as it has been on the drawing board for too long and investors’ confidence is being affected. This project holds a lot of prospect for us as a state and for the nation. We are truly ready to have reforms in the gas sector, it will aid our economic development, not only in harnessing our gas reserve but also providing jobs for our teeming youths.”, the governor said.

Continuing, he said: “The state is ready to provide the needed enabling environment to ensure that the project begins immediately in order to build confidence among the investors and the community that have provided us with the land,” He pledged the state government’s support for the development of the gas policy and road map of the investors.

Earlier, Sheikh Mohammed Bayorh, leader of the delegation and Executive General Manager, Alpha Grip Management Company, said that they came to meet with stakeholders in the project to share ideas and present their road map on how to start and deliver the project according to specification.

 Sheikh Bayorh said that the project would create jobs, bring about tangible development in the state and country, and called on all stakeholders to work together to achieve the feat, adding that the company was committed to ensuring that the project became a reality in no distant time.