Gas Revolution Industrial Park: Do not scare off investors with violent acts – Jonathan

By Ayoola Mudasiru March 26, 2015 17:55

Gas Revolution Industrial Park: Do not scare off investors with violent acts – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday stated that the prime focus of his administration was to overcome challenges to development and creation of jobs for Nigerians.

Jonathan made the statement at the ground breaking of the Gas Revolution Industrial Park, GRIP, at Ogidigben, Delta state.

The ground breaking ceremony had been postponed more than 3 times before it finally took place today.

The President said that exploiting and adding value to our natural resources will surely create jobs and employment opportunities for people of the communities and the State.

“The challenge of development remains our prime focus for this administration. I believe that adding value to our natural resources like natural gas will create jobs for our brothers and sisters in the state and community,” he said.

Jonathan said that there will be oversight on GRIP to ensure that it achieves its objectives.

“I am setting up a committee headed by the Hon. Minister of petroleum resources to brief the Federal executive committee on weekly basis. The yardstick for measuring this is to create jobs for Nigerian citizens,” he said.

Jonathan promised his administration’s commitment to ensuring the progress of the project and apologized for the delay in the inauguration of the project.

“The Government will do everything to ensure that the project moves as planned. This project has suffered a lot of challenges. It was initially supposed to be held on the 15th of November 2014 but because of tension it was shifted.

“The park is going to be the biggest gas based industrial park in Africa. It would benefit the Federal Government through revenue and in turn to community and the people.”

The President charged the community to shun violence so as not to scare off investors as the park is for the benefit of the whole country.

“The volume of jobs created by the park will serve the whole nation. We must shun violence so as not to scare investors,” Jonathan stated.

The Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, who spoke earlier, said the project was a milestone for the Jonathan administration, and that this was the first Government that will harness the natural gas potential we have in Nigeria.

“No Government has done this much in 4 years, for years we have been known as the largest producer of gas all over the world, yet up till now we have not been able to turn this into employment for our people,” Aganga said.

The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, while addressing the dignitaries said, “Nigeria can and will be bigger than what we have in Thailand.

“I commend my friend (Governor of Delta) and Sister (Minister of Petroleum) for the revolution on this project and have worked closely and I look forward to working with her.”

The Delta state Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, said that he was elated about the event, stressing that’s “the project is about the industrialization of Nigeria.”

“We thank Mr. President for ensuring that this project remains where it is and we pledge to protect this project and ensure its progress because we are the primary beneficiary of this project.”

Dignitaries at the event include the Minister of Petroleum, Deizani Allison-Madueke, and the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar.