The Nigerian Government has approved the immediate construction of gas pipelines to facilitate the harnessing of gas and gas supply to ensure sufficient gas supply to all power projects across the country.
The decision is a result of recent drop in power supply in the country due to shortage of gas supply in some power plants.
This was part of key decisions reached at the Federal Executive Council meeting Chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, aimed at developing the country.
The strategic gas pipeline project from Obiafu Obrikun in Rivers and Oben in Edo states would among others ensure supply of gas to factories in Lagos as well as assist in improving power supply through increased gas supply to major power projects especially the Integrated Power Projects.
The project which would be completed in two years is part of effort to transform the power sector and the country in general.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the Minster of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, attributed the recent problem in power supply to inadequate gas supply in major power projects in the country.
He said: “Given the urgency of the project, government directed that the construction would take immediate effect to address the issue in line with the transformation drive.”
The council also approved two point nine billion naira (2.9b) for
the development of infrastructure in the National College of Petroleum Studies in Kaduna.
Information Minister said the project was to enhance the skills and competence of personnel in the oil and gas industry especially the technical personnel in line with global best practices.
“The objectives of the college are, to enhance skills and competence of oil and gas industry personnel at the senior technical, general management and senior executive level; and evolvements of qualifications and certified programmes in line with most major oil and gas training institutes all over the world,” Mr Maku said.
The council also approved nine point eight billion naira (9.8b) for the provision of ICT facilities and connectivity to some education institution across Nigeria.
The project being coordinated by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Communication Technology is part of government’s effort to improve ICT knowledge among students and provide the opportunity for youth employment.Similarly, three point three billion naira (3.3b) was approved for the construction of secondary and primary schools in Delta state, as part of government effort to improve access to education and the development of the Niger- Delta region.
The council also approved two hundred and 66.9 million Naira (266.9m) for a major consultancy service for the development of a 25 year National Ports Master Plan to cope with the emerging trends and global challenges in the maritime sector.
The Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, said at the briefing that the twenty five year plan would form the basis for strategic policies in effective utilization of resources service delivery.
“The Nigeria Ports Authority NPA in its determined efforts to cope with the emerging international trends and the effects of globalization on the maritime industry has identified the development of the National Ports Master Plan as imperative to the enhancement of its ability to provide satisfactory services,” Umar said.
Today’s approvals by the council, the highest decision making body in the country, indicates government’s concern about the development and transformation of the country.