Kachikwu challenges South South governors on region’s development
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday told governors of the South-South region that the only way to their economic freedom and over independence on the center for monthly allocation is to develop the region.
The minister, who spoke yesterday, at Emeyal, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park being developed by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), urged the governors to emulate Lagos state.
Kachikwu said there is no block of states in the country that has the opportunity and the human resource to develop and create a synergy of independence similar to what Lagos is doing more than “these block of states”.
The minister, who said the time for speeches was over, challenged Seriake Dickson to take the bull by the horn and rally round other governors to move the region forward.
He however said that there is now massive investment in the oil sector, noting that with these investments will come jobs, with these jobs will come peace and with that peace will come development.
Kachikwu also said that with ingenious financial projects put in place by the government, the government targets about $60bn with projects such as Egina, Zabazaba, Gbonga South, among others.
Speaking on the oil and gas park, the minister said that when completed, it would throw open the whole economic landscape and bring investors and people together to come and invest.
He warned youths of the community not to destroy the facility, assuring them when completed; no fewer than 3,000 jobs would be created.
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