April 16, 2024

Olu of Warri commends Sahara Group for 24-hour power supply in Ajoki, Edo State


His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri, has commended Sahara Group, for accelerating sustainable development in Ajoki community in Edo State through the delivery of 24-hour power supply.

Olu of Warri gave the commendation to one of Nigeria’s leading energy and infrastructure conglomerates when he received a delegate from Sahara Group in his palace.

According to the Olu, Sahara’s track record shows the organisation has consistently displayed exemplary community relations and implemented many projects with outstanding social impact across the Niger Delta.

He said, “It is heartwarming to see the opportunities that are now available as a result of constant power in Ajoki. Sahara Group deserves to be commended for this feat and for leading by example working harmoniously with host communities of oil and gas companies. I am pleased that this is 24 hours of clean power to the community,” he noted.

“This is something that must be lauded and celebrated. This kingdom is more gas-rich than oil-rich, and if we’re able to take to this Gas-to-Power to strategic locations across this kingdom, I believe this kingdom will become the new centre for commerce and industry.”

Henry Menkiti, Chief Operating Officer, Asharami Energy, a Sahara Group Upstream Company, earlier in his statement revealed to the Olu that the courtesy visit to the palace was to provide updates on its operations and pay homage to the Olu for the support of the good people of the kingdom.

“It is quite an honour for us, to formally express our appreciation to the Palace and to share the good news of our latest project in Ajoki. Delivering uninterrupted, clean power to Ajoki is an outstanding achievement for Sahara which is already transforming the lives of the people,” he said.

Menkiti further noted that Sahara Group was also working with local contractors from the Ajoki community to improve their competence and capacity to be globally competitive.

“Beyond hiring the contractors from the community, we’ve also provided training programs where they are taught how to make bids professionally using best practices and computer software,” he added.


Ejiro Gray, Director Governance and Sustainability Sahara Group, said the Ajoki electrification project, would serve as a template for the energy conglomerate as it continues to seek ways of enhancing sustainable development in its host communities.


“We’re essentially taking a resource that is available in the community and using it to transform the community with attendant endless possibilities. As foremost promoters of access to clean energy in Africa, we are delighted with this achievement and remain grateful to our host communities for the opportunity to serve and make a difference,” she said.


Babatomiwa Adesida, Head, Stakeholder Relations at Asharami Energy said the Gas-to-Power project has the potential to generate 1MW of constant clean energy for the people of Ajoki, directly impacting tens of thousands of beneficiaries and unleashing more prospects for socio-economic growth in Ajoki and its environs.

He also mentioned that Sahara has built schools, teacher’s quarters and awarded scholarships to deserving students in the communities.

“The construction of a 17.5km road by Sahara and other partners is ongoing from Ikpako to Ajoki. When completed, it will serve as a backbone for tourism, trade, and accelerated development in Ajoki, Ikpako, and neighbouring communities,” he added.