By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan says the Federal Government has approved the establishment of a gas processing plant close to Otorogu Gas Plant in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state to process wet gas into dry gas.
He also reiterated the determination of his administration to strengthen local government councils in the state.
Uduaghan, who spoke during the commissioning of a new ultra-modern administrative building and Institute of Continuing Education ( ICE) complex built by the local government council at Otu-Jeremi last Saturday, said the new plant when fully operational, would check the menace of bunkering in the area, as the gas pumped through the pipe line would be dry and without condensate.
He said the Federal Government may also soon approve the request of the state government that host communities to the new gas processing plant and the state government be allocated shares in the new company to give them a sense of belonging.
He also disclosed that as a result of the proposed dredging of the River Niger, the Federal Government has approved a landing port for Okwagbe, Ughelli South Local Government Area, to boost trade among reverine communities in the area.
Uduaghan, who appealed to communities to continue to maintain peace in the area, commended the chairman of the council, Mr. Dennis Djoma, for the various projects he executed since he assumed office.
He said he took the issue of local administration seriously and pointed out that when there is peace and security in the local government areas, there would be peace and security at the state level.
Earlier in his address, Djoma said the new administrative building was built by the council at the cost of N72.2 million and noted that the new block would provide a conducive working environment for the councilâ€™s workforce which would in turn increase efficiency and productivity.
He noted that the I.C.E building project was also executed by the council at the cost of over N27.8 million.
Djoma said his administration was working in line with the three-point agenda of the state government, disclosing that the council has put in place a community-based agricultural scheme to boost food production in the area as well as empower the people of the council.