- Delta state is making giant strides in its industrialization projects
- The south-south state is yet to be Nigeria's industrial hub with its ambitious projects
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa says the move by his government is due to depleting oil revenue
Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, January 28 said activities would begin soon at Kwale Industrial Park as methanol and transmission tower manufacturing companies had indicated readiness to set up their plants in the state.
The governor made the disclosure at the South-South Export Enlightenment and Engagement Forum organised by the Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM Bank) in conjunction with the Okowa administration in Asaba, the state capital.
Legi.ng gathered that the Kwale Industrial Park has the potential to be Nigeria’s biggest location for gas and energy-intensive manufacturing such as ceramics, rubber and methanol.
“As a demonstration of our faith in the viability of the project and as an incentive to prospective investors, my administration approved a seed fund of 10 million dollars for partnership with interested investors in the Park.
“In the same token, we have earmarked the sum of five million dollars as seed capital for the establishment of a transmission tower manufacturing plant,” the governor told his audience which included his Edo state counterpart, Godwin Obaseki
The project comprises the establishment of a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant for power transmission, telecommunication masts, hot-dip galvanizing plant, tower testing and certification facility and research facility training school with a focus on fabrication and distribution know-how.
“Our natural location in the coastal region puts us in a prime position to engage in export-import trade; take Delta, for instance, it has four seaports in Warri, Burutu, Sapele and Koko, whose combined capacity exceeds that of all the other ports in Nigeria put together,” the governor added.
Meanwhile, the governor has reaffirmed his commitment to rendering selfless service to Deltans.
“We are committed to providing adequate service to our people and we will remain focused. Several communities in the oil-producing communities are feeling the impact of governance.
“We have inaugurated five projects and I am glad that all the agencies of government are responding favourably to the needs of our various communities,” he said while inaugurating some projects in Isoko.
Okowa recently urged politicians, especially political office holders, to serve God through selfless service in their positions.
Okowa also recently said that people will be remembered by how they impacted on the lives of others, not by the number of years they lived.
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