By Udeme Clement
The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel has concluded plans to mark the 30th anniversary of the State in grand style.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh, said this while addressing newsmen on the 30th anniversary programme of Akwa Ibom, explaining that the event will witness inauguration of syringe and metering industries, the general hospital as well as other key projects initiated by the current administration.
He said, “Aside from massive investments in agriculture, Udom is also putting measures in place to create thousands of jobs for the people through industrialisation and human capital development. At 30th, we have covered a million miles and have recorded milestones, hence the theme of this year’s celebration, ‘Arise !, let build our future together’. This connects inextricably with the rise to greatness praxis, which is flourishing in our State”.
According to him, “The government is setting up more industries, in order to open up the State for inflow of Foreign Direct Investments, FDIs, and to create more jobs for the people. For example, the Toothpick and Pencil factories established by Udom is currently producing over 15,000kg toothpick and 20,000 pencils within every 8 hours of production.
Even unused papers that we used to be burnt out, are now being utilised and put into economic use. Apart from direct employment for many youths, others who indirectly benefit from the factories include bamboo suppliers, newspapers suppliers, gums distributors and diesel suppliers”.
He added, “Udom is transforming the economy of the State through industrialisation and sustain Public-Private-Sector initiative, thereby opening up opportunities for growth and improved living standards. His strategy is to continuously develop, mobilise and empower the women and youths through well-articulated welfare and capacity building programmes.
This is anchored on the five point-agenda of wealth creation, economic/political inclusion, poverty alleviation, infrastructure consolidation and job creation. No matter one’s sentiment this anniversary defies lines and divides. Many youths in Akwa Ibom are now gainfully employed in the pencil and toothpick factories. The bamboos that used to be thrown away are now being supplied for commercial activities.”