Fg inaugurates multi-billion naira oil, gas park in bayelsa continue here gas works park events

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THE Federal Government has commenced the construction of a multi-billion naira Oil and Gas Park in Emeyal I, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, with the goal of creating a regional low cost manufacturing hub that would be utilized in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

The oil and gas park project, the second of its kind in the country, which is sited on 25 hectares of land, is being undertaken by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB). It is projected to provide direct employment for 2,000 when completed.

“The challenge most of my colleagues and heads of parastatals do have with me is that I don’t go to visit projects unless you can show me the tracks to completion. I don’t want to be one of those ministers who when they leave have lots of commenced but abandoned projects.

In his address, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, described the exercise as a great step towards achieving one of the board’s key mandates “to develop capacity of local supply chain for effective and efficient service delivery without compromising oil and gas industry standards..”

“It is a multi billion naira project that will cause unprecedented growth and development in the community and beyond, it represents an achievement of a major milestone, to implement a project of this magnitude. This is the second of its kind in the Niger Delta and we are most committed to making sure that it is completed as at when due.

“It will create opportunities and develop capacity for local support chain, and boost the economy of the country because from here equipment, spare parts and more will be created that will be utilised in the oil and gas industry of Nigeria,” he said.

“It will create opportunities for youths in the community and the state as well as develop capacity for local support chain and boost the economy of the country because from here equipment, spare parts and more will be created that will be utilized in the oil and gas industry of Nigeria.

He added, “we also want to ensure that the locals who are in the community are carried along because we shall make sure that they have capacity to work in the park when it is completed. It behooves on you (communities) to see us as your own and as partners in progress.”

Wabote however warned that construction of the project would be stopped, if youths and other interest groups in the community make unnecessary demands from the board which he said was not out to exploit their resources, but only building a facility that would provide training for those who would work as technical workers in the oil and gas industry in the country.

Also speaking, the Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Barrister Kemela Okara, who represented Governor Seriake Dickson, reiterated the the preparedness of the state to partner with the board to ensure a peaceful environment and speedy completion of the project.

In his remarks, the Obanema of Ogbia Kingdom, King Dumaro Charles Owaba, said the people of Ogbia where crude was first discovered in commercial quantity had waited for over six decades to see such project and would do every thing to protect it.