By Udo Ibuot
AKWA Ibom State Government has concluded plans to supply gas to Ibom Power Plant, IPP, and Rusal Alscon at Ikot Abasi.This follows a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed between the state government and Septa Energy Nigeria Limited to lay gas pipeline from Uquo Ibeno to Ibom Power Plant and Rusal Alscon.
State Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Obong Eno Akpan, said the essence was to create understanding and consolidate the existing cordial relationship between the Septa Energy and the host communities.
He said the administration of Governor Godswill Akpabio was interested in sustainable development and urged the five local government areas that the gas pipeline will pass through to cooperate with Septa Energy to achieve this laudable project.
The host communities are Ikpa Ibekwe Clan, Ukpum Ete Clan, and Ukpum Okon Clan located in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area; Ukpum Minya Clan and Ikpa Ibom Clan located in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area; Oniong Clan and Nung Ndem Clan located in Onna Local Government Area; Afaha Clan and Idua Clan in Eket Local Government Area and Eket Offiong Clan and Edo Communities in Esit Eket Local Government Area.
The commissioner said the state government viewed the MOU very seriously as it was out to minimize conflict and ensure that the host communities were not cheated while local content and protection of investors were considered in all projects.
The Community Relations Manager of Septa Energy, Mr. Ekpelegho Joseph, said the company will maintain sustainable community development in the area by reducing unemployment through the use of local contractors, provision of basic educational materials, health support to reduce the prevalence of malaria and support for sports activities.
The Paramount Ruler of Onna and Oku Ibom Ibibio III, Edidem Akpabio Udo Ukpa commended the state government and Septa Loyalty Energy for the laudable project and pledged loyalty and cooperation with the company.