AKK gas pipeline project’ll transform the North’s economic, industrial landscape – Minister

The continuation and fast-tracking of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project “represents a pivotal step towards unleashing the immense economic potential of Northern Nigeria,” the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has said.

 A statement released Friday by the media aide to the minister, Rabiu Ibrahim, indicated that he said this in Kaduna during a site visit to the River Kaduna AKK Gas Pipeline Project in company with the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun; the Minister of State for Gas Resources, Mr. Ekperikpe Ekpo, and the Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC, Mele Kyari.

“The AKK project is focused on unleashing the immense economic potential of Northern Nigeria. The gas that will be transported will bring much-needed energy to homes, businesses, and industries, and will also be available for enabling transportation and bringing down its cost.

“The continuation and fast-tracking of this project – Nigeria’s biggest domestic gas pipeline project so far – by the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration is a testament to the President’s commitment to the industrialization and economic prosperity of every part of the country,” the statement read in part.

It also quoted the minister as saying the project was a crucial component of the country’s industrialisation and economic prosperity agenda under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, underscoring it as the nation’s largest domestic gas pipeline endeavour to date.

Furthermore, the minister pointed out the critical link between economic development and security, stressing that many security challenges in the North stemmed from economic deprivation “which can be alleviated by job creation and economic prosperity.”

According to the minister, “Energising homes, farms, and industries are pivotal for large-scale job creation.”

He highlighted the nationwide impact of similar projects, saying “last month saw the commissioning of three vital gas infrastructure projects in the Niger Delta.”

He said another visit would take place on Saturday to Rivers state to inspect the OB3 Pipeline River Niger Crossing Project, another transformational gas initiative.

Idris added that the AKK would boost the Presidential Initiative on Compressed Natural Gas (Pi-CNG), saying that “it has already attracted over USD 50 million in private investments.”

“This initiative aims to establish CNG conversion and refueling facilities across the nation, furthering Nigeria’s commitment to leveraging its abundant gas resources.” 

Idris expressed confidence in President Tinubu’s vision for the “Decade of Gas,” which seeks to harness the country’s gas resources for comprehensive national development.

“The AKK pipeline project is a beacon of hope, promising to revive, restore, and revitalise economic prospects for Nigerians.”