- Governor Yahaya Bello has commended President Buhari for flagging off the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline project
- An excited Governor Bello said the project will provide jobs for Kogi youths
- In 2018, Bello's administration partnered an engineering firm to train Kogi youths in metallurgy, welding and fabrication
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for flagging off the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline project.
Governor Bello hailed the president for the project, saying his foresight, love and commitment to the growth and development of the country is unprecedented.
The governor gave the commendation on Tuesday, June 30 in his remarks during the official inauguration of the project.
Governor Bello and his Kaduna state counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, physically flagged off the commencement of works at Ajaokuta and Rigachikun sites of the project, while the resident watched remotely via video-conference from the presidential villa in Abuja.
Bello said the importance of the project cannot be overemphasized, saying, when completed, AKK will provide the desirous stimulus to domestic industrial growth and boost domestic energy infrastructure.
According to the governor, some of the country’s long term economic aspirations cannot be achieved if the necessary manpower and technical know-how are inadequate.
He continued: “In 2018, our administration partnered with a civil engineering company specialized in outsourcing, training and management of industrial welders which has successfully trained and equipped hundreds of our youths with adequate theoretical and practical knowledge in metallurgy, welding and fabrication.
“I am glad to let you know that many of those youths are successfully engaged around our local industries here today.”
The Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline project will ultimately connect demand from the northern part of the country with supply from the south.
Experts say the AKK pipeline project is one of the Buhari administration's most important project.
The project is expected to unlock the economic potential of Northern Nigeria and by extension, the nation's economy in general.
It is also expected to provide electricity to the region which will revive industries and other economic activities.
Additionally, it is expected to promote and increase the local usage of domestic gas and anticipated to increase Nigeria’s revenue generation through the export of natural gas.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state also joined President Buhari in the virtual flag-off of the project.
The Niger state governor commended the president for awarding the project, noting that it will be of immense benefit to the people of Nigeria.
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