- President Buhari has flagged-off construction of the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline
- The project estimated at $2.8bn is expected to be completed within 24-months
- The pipeline will be Nigeria’s biggest domestic gas transmission infrastructure
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President Muhammadu Buhari has flagged off the construction phase of the $2.8bn Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project on Tuesday, June 30.
This information was revealed by Bashir Ahmad, the personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media in a post he shared on Facebook.
Legit.ng gathered that the Nigerian leader will conduct the ceremony virtually from Aso Rock Villa in Abuja with simultaneous link to two locations Ajaokuta Steel Complex, Kogi state, and Rigachukun in Kaduna state.
According to Ahamed, once the 614km pipeline project is completed it will be Nigeria’s biggest domestic gas transmission infrastructure.
A statement from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by Dr. Kennie Obateru, group general manager, group public affairs division notes that the project is expected to be completed within a 24-month timeline.
The gas pipeline would originate from Ajaokuta, in Kogi state and traverse Abuja (FCT), Niger, Kaduna, and end at Kano.
The 614km project when completed would boost domestic utilization of natural gas for Nigeria’s social-economic development.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the board of the NNPC, after the expiration of the term of the board members appointed in 2016.
The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Saturday, May 30.
In a statement issued, Adesina said that members of the new board are: Mohammed Lawal (northwest), Tajudeen Umar (northeast), Adamu Mahmood Attah (north central), Senator Magnus Abe (south-south), Stephen Dike (southeast), and Chief Pius Akinyelure (southwest). The new board will be in place for three years.
In other news, the immediate past Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, is passed on at the age of 60. He died two months away from his 61st birthday.
Baru's death was announced via a tweet on Saturday, May 30, by Mele Kyari, the current GMD of the state-run oil company.
He tweeted: “My brother, my friend and my mentor, Dr. Maikanti Kachalla Baru, immediate past GMD of NNPC died late last night."
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