Oyo State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Barr. Seun Ashamu, has disclosed that the state signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) in order to expand its economy and attract big businesses.
Ashamu, who stated this in a chat with newsmen said that the current administration in Oyo State was determined to expand the state’s economy and double the Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) in a record time.
The Commissioner said that the people of the state will start reaping the benefits of the MOU very soon.
He said: “The negotiation and signing of this MoU with Shell Nigeria Gas is an effort to increase the economic potentials of the state through the availability of gas and this will assist us to attract big businesses and will aid in industrial development and also securing our state.
“An international company like Shell coming to Oyo State shows the ease of doing business, the investment potentials of the state, and the type of administration that the governor is running.”
Asamu added that as part of the achievements of the Governor Makinde’s administration, Shell Nigeria Gas will assist the state government to develop its gas masterplan, which he said is intended to cover the state and would be driven by demand, while the state will also benefit from a percentage of the revenue from gas sales.
He also stated that SNG will carry Oyo State Government along in terms of employment and skill development, adding that the project will create employment for the citizenry, create more means of livelihood and also increase the Internally Generated Revenue, (IGR) of the state as a result of industrialisation.
The commissioner explained that the project is timely and that it will aid the industrialisation drive embarked upon by the government, adding that the Gas Pipeline Infrastructure Project will be run on a Build, Operate and Transfer basis for 15 years.
It would be recalled that Oyo State government last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Shell Nigeria Gas to extend its gas pipeline infrastructure across the state.