Abuja - The Federal Government has challenged host communities of gas trunk lines to do more to protect the national facility from vandals.
Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, who spoke in Abuja at the steering committee meeting on Escravos-Lagos Pipe-line System (ELPS) assured that government will not renege on its earlier promise to deliver on the proposed 14 to 20mega watt gas-fired plant for the area.
In recent months, effort by government to boost power supply has been hampered by continuous vandalism of pipelines supplying gas to several power stations across the southern part of the country.
Wakil explained that government will leave no stone un-turned in ensuring speedy completion of the project that would provide more gas for users.
He assured residents of the host communities that government is prepared to listen to their genuine concerns, and enjoined them to protect the gas infrastructure in their domain, as any infraction will equally affect them.
He reminded the committee of the need to work assiduously, as Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda for the power sector is under-pinned by the availability of gas for power.
On his part, Group Executive, Gas, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. David Ige said the proposed project is one of the many intervention programmes of government targeted at making gas more readily available.
He stressed that by making gas available; there would be increased economic activities of the people, thus guaranteeing social harmony.
“We are all united in protecting pipe-lines, saying that the host communities, Delta State Government, local governments in the area and indeed the Federal Government will use the project to build solid relationship that would protect the biggest and most important gas supply network in Nigeria”, Ige added.
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