15 Years Af­ter, Dick­son De­cries Pace of Work on $22bn Brass LNG Project

Calls on Buhari to ex­pe­dite ac­tion

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA -

Em­manuel Ad­deh

Fif­teen years af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Brass Liq­ue­fied Nat­u­ral Gas Project, Gov­er­nor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Se­ri­ake Dick­son, has de­cried the slow pace of work on the $22 bn fa­cil­ity.

Dick­son called on Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to ur­gently ad­dress the bot­tle­necks mil­i­tat­ing against the com­mence­ment of the project for which the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives also set up a probe panel last week.

The law­mak­ers had re­solved to set up an ad-hoc com­mit­tee to probe the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the multi-bil­lion dol­lars project al­leged to have been poorly man­aged.

Ac­cord­ing to find­ings, un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo, the project was orig­i­nally set up with the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion, (NNPC) own­ing 49 per cent while other af­fil­i­ates, in­clud­ing Conoco Phillips, ENI and Chevron, also held some stakes.

But the gov­er­nor who spoke dur­ing a stake­hold­ers meet­ing of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Ye­nagoa, said the call had be­come im­per­a­tive in view of what he de­scribed as the un­ac­cept­able lack of fed­eral projects in the state.

The Bayelsa Gov­er­nor noted that the take-off and even­tual util­i­sa­tion of the two projects, which also in­cludes a re­fin­ery, would not only give the Ijaw peo­ple a sense of be­long­ing but also ex­pand the rev­enue base of the coun­try.

He de­cried the ‘back­ward­ness’ of the Ijaw eth­nic na­tion­al­ity in terms of devel­op­ment and urged the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment as well as multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions to part­ner the state gov­ern­ment in tack­ling the widen­ing in­fras­truc­tural deficit in the area.

He added: “As I speak with you, work is on­go­ing on the Sag­bama-Ek­er­e­mor Road and we are sure of driv­ing to Ek­er­e­mor Town by De­cem­ber this year. In the next few weeks, I will in­vite you and we all drive to Aguo­biri in South­ern Ijaw. Also, clear­ing of the Ye­nagoa-Ayama, Og­bia road will start in the next two weeks.

“All these are cap­i­tal in­ten­sive projects and that is why we are call­ing on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and other devel­op­ment part­ners to come to our aid. In one of my meet­ings with the Pres­i­dent, I told him to bring back the Brass LNG and the Re­fin­ery Projects and also con­vene a stake­hold­ers meet­ing to talk about the Nembe-Brass Road.”

The meet­ing also had in at­ten­dance the Deputy Gov­er­nor, Rear Ad­mi­ral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd), for­mer mil­i­tary ad­min­is­tra­tor of Ebonyi and Delta States, Chief Wal­ter Feghabo-Amain and State PDP Chair­man, Mr. Moses Cleopas.

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