FG Activates $20bn Gas Industrial Park In Delta

Yemi Osinbajo, Gas Industrial Park, DeltaEfforts by the Federal Government to fast track the development of the Niger Delta appear to be in full swing, as it plans to site a $20 billion gas industrial park in the region through a public-private partnership.

This was made known on Monday by Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, during a meeting with a group of international investors and developers on the project at the Presidential Villa.

The consortium is made up of fortune 500 companies which include the GSE&C of South Korea, the China Development Bank, Power China and several other global operators from Asia and the United Arab Emirates in the Middle-East.

A statement from the Vice President’s office explained that the project, tagged the Gas Revolution Industrial Park (GRIP), would be located in Ogidigben, Delta State, and is envisaged to be a regional hub for all gas-based industries.

According to the Acting President, the project would cover 2700 hectares with fertiliser, methanol, petrochemicals, and aluminium plants located in the park which has already been designated as a Tax Free Zone by the Federal Government.

He said the government “is committed to the development of the Niger Delta, and the importance of this project is underlined by the presidential attention it is attracting. The presidency is very interested”.

We Are Unwavering

Professor Osinbajo added that the Federal Government takes the project very seriously, just as it is ready to make several other commitments to change the fortune of the oil-producing states.

“We already have a steering committee in place, chaired by the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, and that shows the level of our commitment. We are unwavering.

“We take the project very seriously and glad to see you are committed and ready to make several other commitments. This is a process that we intend to see happen,” he said.

On his part, Dr. Kachikwu expressed confidence that the GRIP would bring the much needed succour to the people of the Niger Delta and the oil-producing states.

Speaking earlier, the leader of the group of investors and developers, Sheikh Mohamed Bayorh, stated the commitment of the consortium, stressing the importance of the project to solving the Niger Delta crisis.

The development comes against the backdrop of the recent visit by the Acting President to the oil-producing communities, to demonstrate the resolve of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to pursue a new vision for the Niger Delta.

Delta State Governor Condemns Abduction Of 14 Journalists

Delta-State-Civil-Service-UduaghanThe Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has strongly condemned the recent kidnap of 14 journalists who had gone for an official assignment at the 16 billion Delta Gas City project in Ogidigben.

Speaking at a public lecture organised by the Nigerian Union Of Journalists, Delta State chapter, to mark the opening of their press week with the theme ‘Reporting The 2015 General Elections’, he stated that the President has directed thorough investigation into the incident and that anyone found culpable would be handled by security agencies.

Dr Emmanuel emphasized that the Gas City Project was sited in Delta State despite the project being originally billed for Koko.

He explained that it had to be relocated to the present site at Ogidigben because of the shallow nature of the waters at the initial location, noting that if President Jonathan had ulterior motives he could have taken it to another state.

Dr Uduaghan also apologized to all journalists in Nigeria for the ugly incident in which the Channels Television crew and some other journalists were held hostage, adding that the act itself was unfortunate.

He commended the Delta State Council of NUJ for being peaceful and challenged journalists to be objective in reporting the forthcoming 2015 elections. He also gave an assurance to journalists in Delta State that his administration would build and complete a befitting secretariat for the Delta State Council of the NUJ.

The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr Femi Adeshina, during his presentation, said that the success of the 2015 general elections would depend on the media, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies.

He urged the media to beam its spotlight on all involved in politics and ensure that the game is played according to the rules in an impartial and objective manner.

He, however, condemned irresponsible reporting especially in the social media, by those who do not subscribe to ethics of journalism.

The National President of NUJ, Mohammed Garba, who was represented by the Deputy National President, Rotimi Obamuwagun, urged the State Government to leave a legacy behind by helping the NUJ to build and complete the proposed permanent secretariat.