As part of gas development in the country, owing to its massive potentials as an alternative to oil, the Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has shown concern for the quick take off of the Ogidigben Industrial Gas Park stating that the gas sector holds a lot of prospects for the economic development of the country.
The governor made this remark in Asaba when members of the Steering Committee of the Ogidigben Industrial Gas Park led by Sheikh Mohammed Bayorh paid him a courtesy visit. Okowa stated clearly that the Ogidigben Industrial Gas Park is a catalyst for the development of the country’s gas road map which was launched by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. It will be recalled that the minister noted during the Gas Master Plan project that the country will benefit from it immensely.
According to the Delta state governor, ” 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.” He added that “this project is the litmus test for the development of the gas roadmap in the country.”
The Delta state helmsman assured that “the state is ready to provide the needed environment to ensure that the project begins immediately in order to build confidence among the investors and the community that has provided us with the land,” pledging the state government’s support for the development of the gas policy and road map of the investors.
Sheikh Mohammed Bayorh, who led the delegation and Executive General Manager, Alpha Grip Management Company, stated that the visit to the industrial park was 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.
Bayorh emphasized that the project would create jobs, bring about tangible development in the state and country as he called on all stakeholders to work together to achieve this feat stating that the company is committed to ensuring that the project becomes a reality. It is hoped that Ogidigben gas plant that started with the previous administration will provide positive strides for the gas industry and develop the sector as well.