Port Harcourt — The Rivers State Government has called on investors to take advantage of opportunities that abound in the gas sector, by investing in industrial gas.
The Rivers State government is also appealing to more companies in the state to begin to make use of industrial gas, in order to create enough market for investors in the gas sector.
The Commissioner of Energy and Natural Resources in Rivers State, Dr. Peter Medee, in a live radio programme monitored by our correspondent in Port Harcourt announced that the State has made massive investments in the gas sector, as most companies in the state are now making use of industrial gas, from gas companies in the state.
Medee disclosed that the state was making giant strides as the River State Gas Master Plan was currently being implemented, stating that an underground gas pipeline which runs from Transamadi to Abonnema Wharf axis of Port Harcourt, was also being expanded to old Port Harcourt Township area.
The Commissioner said the state government was silently achieving so much in the gas sector, as efforts are also being made to extend the gas pipelines to Choba and Greater Port Harcourt areas in Rivers state.
“We have two franchise areas in the Rivers State Gas Master Plan. One of the franchise area is being handled by Oando Gas which is piloted by Central Horizone. Then we have the other franchise area that is being handled by Shell Nigerian Gas.
“As we speak today, industrial gas is the thing. Through the efforts of His Excellency Governor Nyesom Wike, we are seeing these companies today that are in Rivers state and you know when there are a lot of these investments, not only will there be productivity, but there is also going to be high level of employment which will solve unemployment.
“Prospective investors should come to Rivers state because until I tell you now you would not know that there is a Rivers State Gas Master Plan which His Excellency has done so well to ensure that it is working, I can list the number of companies in Rivers state that are using gas from the Rivers State Gas Master Plan.
“So we are calling investors to come into Rivers State, because with the gas sector they can produce at a very lower cost and be able to deliver not just the product that will now add to increase in the GDP of the state but also will create alot of jobs.”