President Buhari, at the virtual flag-off
Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, on Tuesday joined President Muhammadu Buhari, in a virtual flag-off of the construction phase of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project that will boost domestic gas consumption.
The event which took place through video conferencing was coordinated at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja, with the governors of Kogi, Kaduna and kano state participating simultaneously.
According to a statement by Mary Noel-Berje, chief press secretary (CPS) to Gov. Sani Bello, the project is part of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP), and has a capacity to transport 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day.
The pipeline project which is expected to be completed within 24 months will start from Ajaokuta, in Kogi state, and traverse through Abuja (FCT), Niger, Kaduna and terminate in Kano state.
Governor Sani Bello commended the president for awarding the contract for the project, noting that the project will be of immense benefit to the people of the state in particular as regards to power supply.
He said that when completed, the pipeline will unlock 2.2billion cubic feet of gas to the domestic market, and support the addition of 3,600 megawatts of power to the national grid
The pipeline is also said to have the potential of generating employment as it would support the development of petrochemicals, fertilizer, methanol and other gas-based industries.
It is also expected that the project when completed will boost domestic utilization of natural gas thereby bringing about social-economic development.
The textile industries will also be revitalized to create job opportunities in the country.
Though the project was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in 2008, the present administration awarded contract for the engineering, procurement and construction work in 2017.