By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—AS part of efforts to industralise Bayelsa State and make it a hub for economic activities, Governor Seriake Dickson has inaugurated a committee for the utilization and non-utilization of gas resources.
The committee has renowned gas expert, Dr. Patrick Ndiomu as chairman, Olice Kemenanabo as secretary, Patience Ranami Abah, Tam Alazigha, Cyril Akika, Braboke Stanley, Warebibo Soroh, Ken Etete, Felix Bonny Ayah and Esau Andrew as members.
Inaugurating the committee in Yenagoa, Dickson said it was time for the state to maximize its gas potentials, attract investors to that sector and further boost the state’s revenue.
He charged members of the committee to work on eight terms of reference, which include to design a master plan, identify all gas flare points, highlight companies responsible for gas flaring, highlight gas flare points that have been on, highlight opportunities and potentials for investors to key into in the sector, amongst others.
“As you all know, this state has more gas resources and gas reserves than any other state in the country. This is not just the headquarters of oil, it is also the headquarters of gas itself.”
So what we have decided to do as a government is to see how we can get our own successful business people and others who are knowledgeable in that field to come up with a blueprint that the government will be guided by,” he said.
The governor maintained that Bayelsa is the destination for every investor that is interested in gas related business and urged the committee to put in place all the necessary framework to achieve the mandate, especially how to turn gas resources to power in the planned industrial park in the state.
Dickson pointed out that the future of Nigeria’s economy lies more on gas than crude oil and also decried the continuous flaring of gas in the state, which he observed has been very hazardous to the people.
Responding on behalf of the committee, the chairman, Dr. Patrick Ndiomu described their appointment as a great opportunity to serve and thanked the governor for the trust he bestowed on them.