President Buhari Flags-off Construction of 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline

30 June 2020 National News News

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured of government’s commitment towards ensuring timely delivery of the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano AKK Gas pipeline project within specifications and budgetary allocation.

The President stated this during the virtual flag off ceremony of the AKK pipeline project simultaneously in Ajaokuta, Kogi state, and Rigachikun, Kaduna state.

President Buhari pointed out that his administration “will expand the critical gas infrastructure in the country to promote the use of gas in the domestic market”.

While highlighting the benefits of the project to the country, President Buhari said, “it has significant job creation potential both direct and indirect, while fostering the development and utilization of local skills and manpower, technology transfer and promotion of local manufacturing.”

The President stated that the project would further provide gas for generation of power and ensure the revival of moribund industries along Kogi, Abuja, Niger, Kaduna and Kano states.

He stressed that Nigeria would emulate Gulf countries on the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic and use its crude as a pathway to industrial diversification and economic prosperity.

Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari noted that the Trans Nigeria gas pipeline project would integrate the northern region and the Niger Delta.

He disclosed that the Engineering Procurement Construction EPC contract was awarded at the cost of US$2.592 billion on a built and transfer basis.

According to Mallam Kyari, “upon completion, the project would enable the injection of 2.2bscf/d of gas into the domestic market and facilitate additional power generation capacity of 3,600MW.

In his remarks, Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello expressed confidence that the pipeline project would engage several youths of the region.

Alhaji Bello particularly commended President Buhari for giving the indiginous companies the opportunity which he pointed out would drive the nation’s economic growth.

The 614 AKK gas pipeline project is expected to be completed within 24 months.

Ohikwo Muhammad/Lokoja

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