Posted by Grand News | 13 October 2017 | 957 times
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.
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