Impact of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline Will be Immeasurable, Says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the impact of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano, (AKK), pipeline project will be immeasurable when operational, noting that it would have 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.
President Buhari made this known in his address at the virtual flag off the construction of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline Project on Tuesday.
He said that the AKK project is a landmark project that is being developed at a critical time in Nigeria’s commitment to increasing the country’s infrastructure assets.
“When completed, the AKK Gas Pipeline Project will provide gas for generation of power and for gas-based industries which would facilitate the development of new industries and also the revival of moribund industries along transit towns in Kogi State, Abuja (FCT), Niger State, Kaduna State and Kano State,” Buhari said.
The Nigerian president said in his promise to the Nation to expand its critical gas infrastructure in order to promote the use of gas in the domestic market, which include the Escravos to Lagos Pipeline System – 2 (ELPS-2), Obiafu to Obrikom (OB3) pipeline and AKK, he had directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to ensure that these milestone projects are completed on time, within budgetary allocation and as per specifications.
“These projects are fundamental to our desire to industrialize and energize the entrepreneurial spirit that is ever present in our population,” he said.
President Buhari said that the AKK project is part of the delivery of the Next Level Agenda for sustainable development and enhancement of the economic prosperity of the country.
President Buhari said that the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic has underscored the drive of his administration to promote local manufacturing, and also learning from other oil rich countries who used their crude as a pathway to economic and industrial diversification.
“In particular, gulf countries who have similar levels of gas reserves as Nigeria, have a strategy centered around gas-industrialization as their foundation towards export diversification. This has to be our guiding principle as we seek to attract investment and create opportunities for our people.
“In this regard, I challenge our private sector to lead the charge in maximizing our gas resources to create a petrochemical hub that will resurrect not only our manufacturing capacity but place us squarely on the path to increased self-sufficiency,” he said.
President Buhari said the flag off of the AKK project marks an important chapter in the history of Nigeria. “It marks the day when our domestic natural gas pipeline networks; from Obiafu in Rivers State, Escravos in Delta State and Lekki in Lagos State, are being connected through Kaduna to Kano States thereby enhancing national energy security, creating balanced development, and further integrating our nation.”
He commended the Government of the Peoples Republic of China, the Bank of China and SINOSURE, the two EPC Contractors (Brentex/China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau-CPP Consortia and Oilserve/China First Highway Engineering Company-CFHEC Consortia) for their support to deliver the AKK project.
He also commended the efforts of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, NNPC and all relevant Stakeholders.
He called on the Executive Governors of Kogi, Niger, Kaduna and Kano States as well as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to provide the enabling environment and support for the project.