When completed, the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park Scheme at Emeyal, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State will create at least 2,000 jobs.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, on Friday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Chief Sylva, who visited the NOGAPS site to ascertain the pace of work, said the project, which is 70 per cent completed, would be ready for inauguration by the fourth quarter of 2022.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the project was performed on May 4, 2018 by then Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
Sylva said when it begins full operation, it will create a regional low-cost manufacturing hub that will produce equipment components and spare parts to be utilised in the nation’s oil and gas industry.
He said: “I must say I’m very impressed with what I have seen today.
“Once upon a time this place used to be a swamp.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to bring jobs to our people because we believe that job creation can also solve the problem of the Niger Delta Region.
“President Buhari is living up and doing just that.
“We are certain that within the life of this administration, this project will be settled and inaugurated.
“The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board has done very well.
“Before the establishment of this board, local participation was just about three per cent, but today, they have taken it to over 30 per cent and the trajectory is to boost it to 70 per cent within a few years from now.
“This place, when completed, can create 2000 jobs, and this is just one of many we have across the country.”
Sylva applauded the host community for a sustaining an atmosphere of peace, adding that the feat could not have been attained without peace.
Also speaking, Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, commended the Minister for his drive towards the success of the project.