01 December 2013, Sweetcrude, Lagos – THE Delta Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mr Omamofe Pirah, has announced that work on the Ogidigben Export Processing Zone, a joint-venture between the Federal Government and the Delta Government, would commence soon.
Pirah made the announcement in Asaba while presenting his mid-term report.
According to the commissioner, the export processing zone, estimated to cost about $20 billion (about N3.12 trillion), is located in the Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta.
He said that the EPZ would house a gas hub, a petrol-chemical plant, a methanol plant, a fertiliser plant, a seaport, a five-star hotel, banks and about 5,000 housing units.
The commissioner said that about 400 hectares of land, of the total 2,800 hectares acquired for the project, had been cleared.
He said also that the stakeholders have met and agreed to cooperate and build a viable export processing zone.
Pirah said that the project would create employment and contribute to the development of the state, the region and the nation.
The commissioner said that his ministry had assisted various oil companies to implement projects in host communities, as part of their corporate social responsibility, between 2011 and 2013.
The projects include a skills acquisition centre in Ugbuwangue, a solar power and manual boreholes in Umusadege, an ultra-modern community town hall in Umutu, three one-bedroom apartments for the Umusam health centre and the renovation of the council of chief’s hall.
He said that the projects were part of the corporate social responsibility programmes of the oil and gas companies in their host communities.
Pirah also urged the various communities to show commitment and own the projects when completed and handed over.
He said that the efforts of government in engendering corporate social responsibility in Delta had yielded modest results, as most of the oil and gas companies have bought into the programme.