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The Ministers reaffirmed the Government's enthusiasm with the AKK project. (Image source: NNPC)

The Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline Project site received Ministers from the Federation of Nigeria for an inspection visit following the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation's Group CEO Mele Kyari's assurance that the project will be delivered by the end of first quarter 2025 

The Ministers who were visiting included Wale Edun, Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister of the Economy; Mohammed Idris Malagi, Minister of Information and National Orientation, and Ekperikpe Ekpo, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas).

The AKK Project, which is a 40 inch by 614km linear pipeline system with associated intermediate, terminal gas facilities and other related equipment for natural gas transportation, is of strategic importance for Nigeria as it is anticipated a major driver of the nation's economic growth and industrialisation. The project is capable of generating 3.6 GW of power and support gas-based industries along the route.

"If you know about the Kakuri Industrial Area and how most of our factories there have become moribund, you will understand why we in Kaduna State are all excited about the AKK Gas Pipeline. Without doubt, the pipeline will revamp our industries and bring about a huge impact on our people. We can't wait for it to be completed," said Mallam Uba Sani, Governor of Kaduna State

Harnessing Nigeria's vast gas resources

Addressing the Ministers, Kyari noted that the AKK project has been entirely funded by the NNPC, and said, "Without promising too much, we assure you that this project will be delivered on schedule. Our mission is to work towards delivering it by December this year. But we are confident this project will be delivered by first Quarter of 2025."  

The approximately US$2.8bn AKK project was initially supposed to be funded by Chinese lenders, but that plan fell apart once they failed to produce the cash when required. 

Edun as well as Ekpo reaffirmed the government's enthusiasm with the AKK project, given its several efforts to harness Nigeria's vast gas resources to improve power generation, revamp ailing industries and create employment. Edun said, "The AKK Gas Pipeline is crucial for this administration and its delivery is in line with Mr. President's strategy of bringing prosperity to the people."

"Nigerians should be proud of the AKK Gas Pipeline project. With the delivery of this project, the prosperity that Mr. President is always talking about is unravelling right here before our eyes," said Idris Malagi.