The Abuja-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project received a major boost on Thursday as the Kaduna State Government pledged to join forces with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ensure effective optimisation of the project by stakeholders across the state.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, who said this when he received the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, described the AKK project as a very important one to the state noting that the people of Kaduna were happy because the project would support its “huge power ambitions.
“Already, we have gone ahead by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with OCIP of Morocco for the development of a fertiliser plant in Kaduna State.
“As soon as the gas is here from the AKK Pipeline project, it will open up many possibilities. Therefore we are ready to support you in whatever way we can”, the governor assured.
He also declared that the state would welcome the emergence of more Independent Power Plants (IPPs) saying it was ready to provide land for the purpose.
He called on the NNPC to build more fuel retail outlets within the State, assuring that his administration would provide the much needed incentives, including land to make that a reality.
On his part, the GMD who congratulated Mallam El Rufai on his recent re-election, said the NNPC was open to partner with state governments and other stakeholders towards the success of the AKK Pipeline project.
“We are very much pleased with the feedback from Governor el-Rufai. We are open to collaborations that will ensure the fast delivery of the AKK Project,” the GMD stated.
He said aside the AKK Project, the NNPC was keen on executing other projects that would trigger industrialisation and create jobs for the nation’s teeming population.