LPG Pivotal to Driving Industrialisation, Job Creation- Ekpo

Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, Minister of State Petroleum Resources (Gas)

Minister of State Petroleum Resources (Gas), Rt. Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, has emphasised the strategic importance of investment in the gas sector, saying it was pivotal for driving industrialization, job creation and improvement of the livelihood of the generality of Nigerians.

The minister stated this at the groundbreaking ceremony of the company’s 20,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) depot project at Atabrikang, Aquaha in Ibeno Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State at the weekend.

He lauded the vision and commitment of Windek Energy Limited in Nigeria’s journey towards energy security and economic prosperity.

A statement by the Spokesman to the minister, Louis Ibah, which quoted Ekpo, said the project would boost ongoing efforts in ensuring affordable supply of LPG, commonly known as cooking gas, to Nigerians.

“This project marks a significant milestone in Nigeria’s journey towards energy security and economic prosperity. It will enhance access to clean and affordable cooking fuel,” the Minister said.

Ekpo thanked the Akwa Ibom State government for providing the enabling environment for investments to thrive.

He underscored the fact that the establishment of the LPG depot was a testament to the fruitful collaboration between the public and private sectors in the state.

The Gas Minister said the LPG depot project holds immense promises, not only for Akwa Ibom people, but for the entire nation.

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, in his speech thanked the Minister of State Petroleum Resources Gas, Ekperikpe Ekpo, for facilitating the establishment of the gas plant in the state.

Eno, represented by the Deputy Governor, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, also assured Ekpo and the management of Windek Energy Limited of the security of contractors and staff, as well as the support and collaboration of the host community in bringing the project to fruition.

MD/CEO, Windek Energy Limited, Mrs. Nosa Okunbor, said the project holds the prospect of stimulating economic growth, fostering innovation, and facilitating the emergence of new industries and value chains within Akwa Ibom State.

“This project is not just about enhancing energy infrastructure, but about enhancing life such that our mothers will cook without hazards to their health,” she said.

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