Sequel to the gas stakeholder’s sensitisation forum by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) in Imo state, Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria Limited (GACN), represented by Ruqaiyah Saidu Abubakar and Dantala Wright, attended the second edition of the 2022 gas sensitisation forum (the “Follow-Up Forum”) held at Chief Harold Dappa-Biriye Conference Hall, Golden Tulip Hotel, Onopa Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The theme was “INSTITUTIONALISATION OF DIVERSIFICATION OF THE ECONOMY USING NATURAL GAS,” and was held from 12th to 14th April 2022.
The Bayelsa State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, represented his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, commended RMAFC for choosing Bayelsa State to host the Follow-Up Forum as Bayelsa State is one of the highest producers of gas nationwide with over 60% feed gas to Bonny LNG sourced from Bayelsa State. Despite this abundance of gas, and coupled with the challenge of gas flaring particularly affecting farming communities, he concluded that Bayelsa State is yet to adequately benefit from the wealth of its natural resources.
Stakeholders presented papers and gave useful insight on the use of gas as a mainstay for revenue generation. The topics included:
- Harnessing the Abundant Gas Resources for Enhanced Revenue Generation by Prof. Festus Awara, University of Calabar;
- The Role of Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC) in Enhancing Domestic Gas Utilisation by Engr Sizah T. Jacob;
- GACN as a Vehicle for Gas Supply to the Domestic Market by Dantala Wright; and
- Gas Hubs as a Catalyst for the Power Sector Development by Engineer Vice Onyemepu of Zakhem Construction Nigeria Limited.
GACN’s presentation was well received by the participants and concluded with a Q&A session where participants were informed about GACN’s ongoing engagements with projects and key players in Bayelsa State.