NDI Anambra are industrious with a thriving economy but need sustainable power supply to grow the economy bigger. The state is looking for financiers that will invest in the state energy sector.
Governor Willie Obiano stated this at Anambra National Gas Expansion Forum held at the Golden Tulip Hotels, Agulu Anaocha Local Government Area. The forum came on the heels of the recent launch of a push to increase gas uses by the federal government aimed at reviewing and establishing a gas implementation plan for the State.
Gov. Obiano , represented by Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, declared his administration to make the project work in Anambra State said, ”The idea of using gas is perfect and timely. Running on gas is cheaper than petrol and diesel. We need power that is cheap, let’s run on gas since we have it in abundance. It’s an opportunity to get everyone involved, work with those who wish to get trained and make a living out of this new development.”
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Silva commended Anambra State as the first state to embrace the programme after it was launched in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari and believes the state will be the first to implement the programme.
The Minister, who was represented by the Chairman, National Gas Expansion Programme Committee, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, maintained that the use of gas is comparatively cheaper, safer and more eco-friendly, noting that with the drop in oil production and resultant hike in fuel pump price, the use of gas will be a better alternative.
He explained that engineers will be trained on installation and management of gas plants, while entrepreneurs will also be trained in techniques, skills and production of gas accessories, such as burners, cookers, stoves.
“The essence of the gas initiative is that we cannot continue on this part that we have threaded in the past 70 years. All this while, we have considered gas as a nuisance because we focused on crude oil. Every single money of gas that we flare, every single export by taking gas through the NNLG out of the country, we are exporting employment, development. We are exporting work and wealth”
In his remarks, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority,(ACTDA), Amaechi Okwuosa, described the programme as another milestone in the history of Anambra, “haphazard supply of electricity supply is actually hampering much activities in the capital territory the application of gas will not only help territory to achieve many of programme but the state at large, he said.
The consultative forum had representatives of various State governments and stakeholders in science and technology and the oil and gas sector.