By Tony Nyong
UYOâ€”Akwa Ibom State government has pledged to commit $33 million to gas production as part of efforts to boost the availability of the product in the state.
Governor Godswill Akpabio made this known when he received the management of a gas company which was in the state capital, Uyo, to seek partnership with the state government in this area.
Akpabio disclosed that the $33 million would be spent in building a central processing unit for the supply of gas in the state, adding that it would guarantee a 24-hour power supply through the State Independent Power Plant (IPP) at Ikot Abasi.
According to him, the move is to ensure less dependence on Nigerian Gas Company in addition to the government’s intention to use Akwa Ibom as a model in power supply.
Earlier, President of Hermes Juno Project Limited, Haza Hassan, in a presentation, said the company planned to build 750 MW power plant, a hydropower and a fertilizer plant.
Hassan, who was accompanied by Ken Nnamani, former Senate President, assured that the plant would be completed in 18 months at the cost of $245 million.