HC Deb 13 March 1957 vol 566 c1126
22. Mr. Sydney Irving

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if the gas discovered at Akata in Eastern Nigeria will now be used for generating electricity to supply Aba and Port Harcourt; and to what extent the Government of Nigeria will participate in the exploitation and distribution of the gas.

Mr. Profumo

These matters are being considered by the Federal Government, but no decisions have yet been made.

Mr. Irving

Would not the hon. Gentleman admit that this development would be highly advantageous for the future of this Colony but that it is equally important that in any developments which take place the people and the Government should be associated in the exploitation of these resources? Will he do all that is in his power to see that that takes place?

Mr. Profumo

I do not think the stage has yet been reached for what the hon. Member has in mind, but I can assure him that all haste is being made in this important development.

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