The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has said that his administration has developed 10 viable industries in less than three years in government.
In his address at a Town Hall meeting organised for Akwa Ibom Community in Abuja, Governor Emmanuel said his government believes in industrialisation which is what it is doing.
He said that in the 30 years of its existence as a state, if previous governments were able to build a factory every year, the state wouldn’t have been where it is today.
“In the 30 years of existence of Akwa Ibom State, if we were building one factory per year, so many of you wouldn’t have left Akwa Ibom. But in less than three years, we have developed 10 viable industries,” he said.
The governor also cautioned the people of the state against mischief makers, advising them to always be good ambassadors of the state.
Governor Emmanuel said his administration has been able to put smile on the faces of the people as work is currently ongoing in all parts of the state.
While describing the state as the most peaceful in the country, he stressed that his government had to take the bull by the horns to achieve the feet.
Speaking further, Governor Emmanuel, expressed optimism that through the initiative of his administration in agriculture before the end of next year the state will produce 80 per cent of what it consumes.
“In everything we do, we must make sure that we strive to build a state that we can call our own and others will be envious of.”
“Our target is that by the end of next year, 50 per cent of rice that will be consumed will come from the rice farm in Ibiono LG.
“Today we are building one of the best cocoa processing plant in Akwa Ibom that will process cocoa for export so that we can compete with the rest of the world.
“By the time we leave office, after you might have given us your vote for a second term, 80 per cent of what we consume in Akwa Ibom will come from the state,” he said.
While reassuring Akwa Ibom people that his government prioritizes development and employment for the youths, he listed some of the factories initiated by his administration to include, ethanol plant, sweet factory, Pencil factory, syringe factory, metering factory, garri processing factory, plywood processing factory, and many more.
He also disclosed that by December, biggest plywood processing factory in the country and digital flour milling factory will be commissioned by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“Before now, Nigeria use to import 6 billion syringe every year, but Akwa Ibom came in and is bridging the gap and solving part of the problem.
“We are manufacturing 450 million syringe and which we send into the Nigerian market. We have been challenged by the federal government, that we should increase the capacity to 1 billion,” he added.
Also speaking, the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Onofiok Luke, described Emmanuel as a God given leader to the state at a time like this. He said the governor has made efforts to put things in place to ensure that the teeming youths are taken off the streets.
Earlier, the president of Akwa Ibom Community in Abuja who was represented by his vice, Barr. Aniefiok Ibah, pledged his unalloyed support to the government of Governor Udom Emmanuel and his second term bid.
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