Nigeria approves Kano gas pipeline project

Jun 26, 2007 02:00 AM

The federal government has approved the re-routing of the gas pipeline to Kano as a measure to boost electricity supply and revive ailing industries in the state, the government said. The action will ensure the routing of the pipeline project that will pass through Katsina state to some West African countries.
The state's Commissioner for Commerce, Mines, Cooperatives and Tourism, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai, said the pipeline will help in no small way by providing energy source to the numerous industries in the state. He said when completed, the project will also boost electricity supply, enhance economic activities and compliment government's efforts to restore the declining economic activities in the state.

"As you know that one of the major problems bedevilling the commercial and economic activities in the state and which has led to the closure of most of the working industries is electricity. We believe with the approval for the re-routing this menace will soon be a thing of the past,"he said.
Of the over 600 operating industries in the state as at 1999, only 106 are currently functioning according to the state's office of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN.

The state government, he said, is working relentlessly to support initiatives that will enhance the economic development of the state through partnerships and collaborations. He also said that the state government is collaborating with other partners for the establishment of an independent power project which will also help provide energy to the industries.
“All these measures are aimed at ensuring adequate energy supply to the industries so that the era of industries closure will be over and the economy of the state enhanced,” he said.

The commissioner also announced the state's collaboration with the federal government to develop the Kano free trade zone. He said the Panisau site which is under construction by the federal government will now be collaborative effort in which the state government will pay for 60 % of the total cost of the project.
He said the N 4.7 bn project is expected to provide businessmen in the state and others around the world, a free duty zone to boost economic and commercial activities in the state, adding that already the federal government has released N 600 mm for the project. The free trade zone which is on a 230 hectare land, also has an 11 KVA generator, access roads, internal roads and other facilities, and is expected to be completed soon.

Source / Daily Trust
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