In the next 150 days, youths of Akwa Ibom origin will benefit from a new production-line to be opened at the Itam Industrial layout while I000 families will enjoy social amenities in an organic banana plantation to be opened in the state.
The Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Prince Ukpong Akpabio made this known in Uyo while appearing on a Ministry of Information and Strategy sponsored Live AKBC Radio 90.5FM programme – Update Akwa Ibom.
All these measures according to Prince Ukpong Akpabio, are put in place by Governor Udom Emmanuel to boost the industrialization-drive of his administration and also stem the tide of youth unemployment in Akwa Ibom State.
He said the 1000 families to undertake cultivation processes in the organic banana plantation located between Oruk Anam and Ikot Abasi will be provided with social amenities like school, health centre and recreational facility to ensure their comfort and welfare.
The investment Boss who emphasized that, the organic banana will be cultivated for export, disclosed that, the state government has also completed talks with an investor coming in with a new production-line for the people of the state at the Itam industrial layout.
Prince Akpabio said, the new production-line is to use a local raw material, Bamboo, currently used for the production of toothpicks to produce tissue papers adding that, all distributors of the tissue papers will be Akwa Ibom indigenes.
Speaking on the prospects of Ibom Deep Sea Port, IDSP with regards to employment, the Investment Boss said, over 3000 people will be employed when the Port comes fully on stream and expressed the commitment of Governor Udom Emmanuel to reduce youth unemployment in the State to the barest minimum.
Maintaining that, Governor Udom Emmanuel is committed to taking Akwa Ibom State to the outer world as a reference point in industrialization, Prince Ukpong Akpabio said, the Governor’s determination is to ensure that 80% of consumables by Akwa Ibom people are produced in the state.
On the completion agenda, the Investment Commissioner said, the Ministry of Investment, Commerce and Industry is working assiduously in collaboration with the Technical Committee on Foreign Direct Investment and other investment agencies of government, for the successful execution of 18 new heavy key industries in addition to the already existing 16 industries operating in the state.
He said Civil Servants are not left out of the completion agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel as medium density housing estates are ongoing for government workers in Uyo and Eket, disclosing that the estate in Uyo is to be completed in the next 3 months.