31 October 2016, Abuja – The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, on Monday said Federal Government would give more attention to the development of gas as a major revenue earner for Nigeria.
Kachikwu, who stated this in Abuja at the 10th Nigerian Gas Association International Conference, said the country was determined to reverse its over-dependence on oil as benchmark for the economy.
The theme of the conference is “Nigerian Gas Roadmap and Its Potential for Regional and Global Influence: Its Implementation, Challenges, Opportunities and New Way Forward”.
The minister said: “I must say that over the years there has been a blatant neglect of this sector. We really haven’t focused on gas; all had been on oil production.”
“With regard to the recession today, it is clear to us that if we develop a two window of economic earnings, a lot of emphasis will move to gas.”
“We are going to be introducing new technical resources, restructuring existing departments and assigning new managers to the existing departments. These reforms are clearly articulated in the proposed national gas policy.”
He said that the draft on Gas Policy would be released later and that the policy would promote a competitive business environment for both current and new investors.
Kachikwu said that government’s vision was to make Nigeria an attractive gas-based industrial nation, give primary attention to meeting local gas demands and develop significant presence in the international market.