The Kaduna State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on gas expansion and utilisation.
This is part of efforts by the government to bring nearer the availability of a significant additional source of energy to businesses and residents of the state.
The signing was done at the Executive Council Chambers of the Kaduna State Government House in the state capital.
Speaking after the signing, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said the project is a major step to boost investment, revive moribund industries, create jobs and expand power supply in the state.
“The Kaduna State Government is delighted to execute this MoU on gas utilisation and expansion with the NNPC and the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria,” he said.
“This brings nearer the availability of a significant additional source of energy to businesses and residents of Kaduna State.
“We wholeheartedly welcome this project. Gas provides a cost-effective option for powering factories, homes and vehicles. To the Kaduna State Government, this project is a welcome boost to our investment and job creation strategy.”
On his part, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari said the focus of the national oil giant is to deliver gas into the domestic market.
“Our focus is to deliver gas into the domestic market. We know that this is a game-changer for our country and particularly more so for Kaduna State,” he said.
“We know that very many industries that were prominent in this country that were situated in Kaduna have gone down. We understand very clearly that many of these industries went down because of clear supply of energy.”
The NNPC boss explained that there is no better way of making cheap and cleaner energy than delivering gas into industries.