We’re committed to harnessing Delta gas reserves –Okowa

Posted by Grand News | 13 October 2017 | 957 times

Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

Delta State Governor, Sen Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday  reaffirmed

the state’s commitment towards enhancing robust industrialisation

across all sectors of the state’s economy as practical measures aimed

at tackling unemployment in the state. The governor, who was

represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Hon. Tam Brisbie,

stated this during the opening ceremony of a one-day Virtual

Gas-To-Power Summit organised by the Delta State Investment

Development Agency (DIDA), in partnership with Power Gas Nigeria and

Cummings Power Generation Nigeria. He said that pursuant to its

industrialisation drive, the state government is set to harness its

gas reserve for enhanced economic viability.


To this end, the governor, said that the state government was set to

partner Power Gas for the installation of Virtual Gas-To Power plant

in the state. The governor expressed optimism that the partnership, to

a great extent, would help in accelerating the industrialisation

process in the state, as well as beefing up the employment ratio of

the hitherto unemployed individuals in the state. While commending

Power Gas for the ‘Power To-Gas initiative in the state, Governor

Okowa observed that when fully operational, the feat would be a boost

to the ongoing employment and industrialisation drive of the state

government, which, according to him, is currently being achieved

through the twin job creation project of the state which include; the

Skills Training Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and the Youth

Agricultural Entrepreneurship Programme (YAGEP).


“This administration is very focused on industrialisation. As a matter

of fact, that is one of the pegs on which the SMART Agenda is

standing. Part of why industrialisation is key is that we have a lot

of unemployed individuals in the state and if we are able to harness

the resources that we have, encourage investment and

industrialisation, it will give us opportunity of employing more of

the youths that are currently unemployed.


“As a matter of fact, as a state, some of the measures we have such as the

STEP and YAGEP which the state government has since put in place, has

gone a long way in putting our youth out of the streets and making them

not be only gainfully employed, but employers of labour. Today, we are talking

about gas project and record has it that Delta State is currently

sitting on 40 per cent of the total gas reserves in the country. That

actually is very significant resources waiting to be harnessed.


“Therefore, with what Power Gas is trying to do, it means that more of

our industries, more of our investments in the nearest future would be

powered by gas as against the public power and this will go a long way

in helping to further industrialised the state,” Earlier in their

various remarks at the event, the Director-General, Delta State

Investment Development Agency (DIDA) Olorogun Lucky Umoru and the

chairman of the agency, Ogbueshi Afam Obiago, while describing the

partnership as commendable, said that it would beef up the investment

drive of the Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.

Source: Grand News

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