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Maximise Potential of Hydrocarbon Economy, Akpabio Charges Oil, Gas Free Zone


SAN FRANCISCO, April 04, (THEWILL) – Akwa Ibom State governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has called on the Board of Directors of Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, Onne, to maximise the potentials of hydro-carbon economy in the country through infrastructural renaissance that would lend itself to diversification.

The governor made the call Wednesday when the Chairman, Board of Directors and management of Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, Onne, Rivers State, Dr. Chris Asoluka, accompanied by the authority's Managing Director, Mr. Victor Alabo, paid him a courtesy visit at Governor's Office, Uyo.

He said there was need to diversify the monolithic economy.

"Akwa Ibom is successful today because I was angry in transforming the state. So, you must do like wise by getting angry in order to turn a hydro carbon economy to a successful economy by setting a standard and be committed in the oil and gas sector.

"I believe development must be sited everywhere in the country and not based on ethnic/tribal or political considerations but rather, let us site industries where the economic scales are sighted and do things right to fix the country," he said .

Maintaining that President Jonathan had the good intention in setting up the authority, Akpabio expressed the hope that the aims of setting up the Authority would be realized.

While congratulating the new chairman on his appointment by President Jonathan, he prayed God to give Asoluka the ability to transform the oil and gas sector.

In his response, Asoluka said they were in the state for a retreat to kickstart the transformation of the oil and gas sector in the country, saying Akwa Ibom was ready for oil and gas industry.

Asoluka, who explained that the retreat would not only create a competitive hub in the area of a comparative strength to become a competitive strength, he said it would also strengthen the oil and gas sector in serving the extensive Gulf Of Guinea and the competition will extend to Ghana, Cote D' Ivore, promising to do more for the country through the oil and gas sector.

While stressing that the creation of jobs in the country would not be wasted because companies in the oil and gas free zone would create more jobs for the teeming youths, Asoluka said they chose Akwa Ibom State for the retreat because of its serene environment, commending Governor Akpabio for transforming the state through the provision of various infrastructure .