By Emmanuel Ayungbe
UYO—Worried by the huge sums of money Nigeria expends on the importation of syringes, Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has solicited the partnership of the World Bank to establish a syringe manufacturing plant in the state.
Governor Emmanuel, who made the request while interacting with World Bank Group, WBG, led by the Country Director, Mr Rachid Benmessaud, which called on him at Government House, Uyo, said with a population of over 170 million, more than six million syringes are used in the country to service the medical needs of the people.
The governor said this explains why he was taking steps to establish a syringe manufacturing plant in the state.
The state, he noted, would record another leap with the test running of a 300 million capacity syringe manufacturing plant.
The governor who described World Bank as a dependable development partner, solicited its partnership in the execution of development programmes in the area of small and medium scale enterprises, agriculture, health care, women empowerment and environmental degradation.
He said: “The state has set up modalities for effective implementation of its laudable programmes by constituting technical committees to handle the various areas of projects implementation.”
He assured that the state would meet its obligations in the area of counterpart funding of projects, assuring that, “In the area of counterpart funding, we will meet our obligations whenever we are called upon. This is one state that will make good use of the funds earmarked for projects.”
Governor Emmanuel explained that the state was blessed with natural resources that could readily be harnessed to generate employment, create wealth and sustain the economy. He informed the visitors that the coconut oil refinery project was one project that would fast-track economic growth given the international market price of the commodity.