Delta State governor meets AGIP, Okpai community on 450MVA IPP

From left; Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; Vice Chairman, Managing Director, Nigerian Agip Company Limited, Massimo Insulla and Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi, during a meeting with the Governor, in his Office at Asaba.

… Approves implementation of scheme of service for Polys, Colleges of Education

FRI, SEPTEMBER 8 2017-theG&BJournal-THE Delta State Government has said that the approval of the implementation of scheme of service for state polytechnics and colleges of education with effect from July 1, 2017 is to enhance the welfare of the workers of the institutions.

Briefing journalists in Asaba after the State Executive Council meeting held on Tuesday where the decision was made, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said that the scheme of service was approved as the minimum working document in the state polytechnics and colleges of education and it shall be adapted for use in line with state policies, adding that the full package will be made public in due course.

Mr. Ukah further stated that the meeting approved the amendment of the declaration regulating succession to the stool of Ovie of Okparabe kingdom, with a view to transmitting an Executive Bill to the State House of Assembly for passage into law.

He revealed that the appointment of Prince Ovie Solomon Onovughakpor as the Regent of Emevor Kingdom in Isoko North Local Government Area was equally approved.

Meanwhile, the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has harped on the need for host communities of Independent Power Plants in the country to be first line beneficiaries of the projects.

Speaking  today] in Asaba, when he received in audience Top management of Nigerian Agip Oil Company [NAOC] and Stakeholders from Okpai Community in Ndokwa East Local Government Area,Governor Okowa urged companies to always engage their host communities proactively so as ensure peace and reduce agitations and confrontations.

The Governor expressed satisfaction with NAOC’s plan to construct two sub-stations at Okpai and Kwale aimed at providing adequate electricity supply to both communities, and sued for cooperation and support from all stakeholders.

“The community is important to the implementation of projects as we need peaceful environment for investments to take place, This project is being designed in the best possible way this time around to deliver over 450 mega watts of electricity. Apart from generation, they are also requesting land for sub-stations in Okpai and Kwale, we thank God for that  because it will enable us to have power being evacuated to meet with the needs of the immediate environment. I want to appreciate this level of planning which will help to reduce all forms of restiveness, and help to improve on the community, company relationship”, he said.

Senator Okowa urged the communities to support the early delivery of the project stressing “ we need the cooperation of all in the state to be able to deliver the project on time, I want to thank you for accepting to provide land for the project and appeal to you to give maximum cooperation to the company to achieve the set goals”.

Earlier, Mr. Dennis Masi, Stakeholders Management and Community Development Division Manager, NAOC said that they were in Asaba to solicit the support of the state government on the construction of the 530 megawatts Phase II Independent Power Plant [IPP] in Okpai and to formally present the contractor for the project, SAIPEM CO, to the government and the community, assuring that every stakeholder would be carried along in the construction.

He explained that there would be two 132 KVA sub-stations being designed by the Transmission Company Of Nigeria [TCN] in Okpai and Kwale to serve the communities as part of the project.

Rev. Dr. Fred Okwuezolu, Chairman, Okpai Community Development Committee, who spoke on behalf of the community thanked Governor Okowa for the meeting and promised to support the project.

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