The Federal Government of Nigeria is matching its words with actions as regards the implementation of the Nigerian Gas Master Plan (NGMP) as it has announced the award of $2,809,522,548.36 gas pipeline contract designed to run from Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano.
This was made known on Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu. Although, the presidential spokesman did not state the details of the project, the 614 kilometre, 40-inch pipeline was presented by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, and approved last week by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
According to Shehu, a second contract was also approved under the project, adding that it was designed for the engineering, verification, procurement and construction of 40-inch,30- kilometre Odidi to Warri gas pipeline expansion project.
He also added that the second project was meant to transport additional gas supply from upstream producers to various demand points at the cost of N7.7 billion.
Sheu described the projects as parts of the president’s pet projects, which according to him dated back to his days as the Federal Commissioner for Petroleum Resources during the military era in the late ’70’s.
In his words: “The bold step taken by the President on Wednesday seeks the integration of the Eastern and Northern parts of Nigeria, which had suffered past neglect into the gas economy. Gas pipeline infrastructure had been concentrated in the coastal areas and the North and the East had been left largely untouched by the industrial revolution that has come with the gas pipeline network.”