From Stella Obi, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has flagged off the construction of the Oyo State Government (OYSG)-Shell Nigeria Gas Ltd (SNG) project to create a new gas distribution infrastructure network in the state.
The governor while performing the groundbreaking ceremony of the Gas Infrastructure Development and Distribution Project, held at the Kilometre 10, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan, at the weekend, said that his administration realised that in order to engineer a modern Oyo State, it needed to engage the private sector and development agencies.
The governor said that he has been running an inclusive government focused on building infrastructure that targets economic growth.
He added that projects embarked upon by his administration deliberately cut across all zones of the state, while having direct impact on all strata of the society.
According to the governor, when completed, the gas infrastructure project will deliver gas to industrial, manufacturing and commercial companies, adding that it will also serve new emerging industrial corridors and industrial parks/zones, Independent Power Projects, and provide stable power generation for industrial and residential use within the state.
He said: “Yes, we promised Omituntun (breath of fresh air) and we are delivering Omituntun.
“Back in 2019, when we came into office, four years seemed like such a long time to many people. But we knew how short four years would be because of how much work we had to do. Our infrastructure deficit was huge. At the same time, resources were dwindling. Yet, we kept in clear focus the task of ensuring that Oyo State lived up to its moniker, ‘Pacesetter State.
“We knew that to engineer a modern Oyo State, we must engage the private sector and development agencies.
“And now, look how far we have come. We have run very inclusive governance. Whether in Ibadan, Ogbomoso, Oke-Ogun, Oyo or even Ibarapa, you can point to state government projects in your zone.”
The governor, who stated that he was glad that another milestone was being added to the numerous achievements already recorded by his administration, added: “We will soon officially flag off our campaign, and then we will talk about all we have done to change the economic landscape in Oyo State.
He explained that the gas infrastructure project is linked to the state’s ‘Light up Oyo’ project, saying that he is confident that he would commission the project, because the people of Oyo State will re-elect him for another four years of sustainable development.
The Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Gas, Mr. Ed Ubong, told the gathering that the project will pump the first gas in the first quarter of 2024, adding that the company has already developed a gas master plan that will take gas to all corridors of Oyo State.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Temilolu Ashamu, said the state will use gas to drive large scale development and get Oyo State ahead of the curve.