“Akwa Ibom State will become the hub of agricultural activities in Nigeria and the entire West African sub-region by 2020, when the efforts of the current government in developing agriculture begins to yield positive results within the medium term and in the long-run expectation. Also, output optimisation in agriculture in the state will translate into job creation for the indigenes, especially the youths”, said, an entrepreneur, Princess Gladys Assam.
According to her, “Governor Udom Emmanuel is doing a lot to boost industrial growth in the state through investment in agriculture, which he demonstrated by putting measures in place to revamp the Akwa Palms Limited, an agro-allied industry in Esit Eket local government area of Akwa Ibom. When the industry is fully repositioned, it will generate income and create jobs for the people. For instance, the state government successfully launched the second season planting scheme, which is an important agricultural project capable of stimulating income flow and food production in the state.”
“With the declining crude oil prices in the international market, it is clear that governor Udom is moving in the right direction by investing in agriculture, which is a sector capable of diversifying the economy to ensure we move away from oil into non-oil sectors like what obtains in advanced countries. Udom said clearly that his government is determined to change the face of farmers in the state, with a vision to ensure poverty alleviation and employment creation for the people. He is mapping out strategies that will turn Akwa Ibom into the food basket in the region. He has been able to set up a committee on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, to drive agricultural projects in the area.”