After two years of delaying construction work of the multi-billion naira Assa North/Ohaji South Gas Development Project in Ohaji/Egbema Council of Imo State, the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has deployed workers and returned to site.
The General Manager (Security) of SPDC, Bob Buss, leading other officials of the company, revealed this yesterday during his official visit to the Commissioner for Homeland Security and Vigilante Affairs, Dr. Okechukwu Ugorji, in Owerri.
The SPDC had, in 2019, executed the ground-breaking of the project with a potential capacity of 300 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, one of the greatest domestic gas projects in the country.
The initial completion projection was put at 2023, but was paused in 2021, due to security breaches, which led to the death of persons in the area by suspected cult members, among other unfavorable disturbances by the locals.
As a result of delaying the construction work, more than 980 job opportunities and 2,612 sub- contracting chances, estimated at N1.6 billion were affected, according to earlier disclosure made in Owerri by the Head, Corporate Relations and Director of SPDC, Igo Weli, some weeks ago, while speaking with journalists from Imo and Abia states.
Buss informed the Commissioner that the company needed to be reassured by the state government with security plan for the construction and other workers to work optimally.
The Shell official stated that the company is ready to work with state government to attain the goal, emphasizing that they were in the state to discuss plans on how to safeguard the company’s assets and alleviate security challenges during their operations in the state.
Reacting, Ugorji stated that the state government is ready to welcome them and work in synergy to protect both human and material resources.
He promised: “The corridor is of great economic, security, educational and political importance to Governor Hope Uzodimma.
“The state government would do all it could to give Shell and its workers the confidence to be fully operational.