To acquaint themselves of the production processes of Toothpick and Pencil, pupils of Christ The King International Nursery and Primary School, 32 Dominic Etuk Avenue, Uyo, recently visited the Akwa Ibom Enterprise and Employment Scheme (AKEES) Pencil and Toothpick Factory located at Kilometer 2, Uyo-Etinan Road, Ekom Iman, Akwa Ibom State.
Speaking during the visit, the Deputy Head of Administration, Rev. Ubong Ituen, said they were amazed at the giant strides of the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led administration, maintaining that the factory is a laudable project that is projecting Akwa Ibom State in good light.
He added that the purpose of the visit is to expose their pupils to the production processes of Toothpicks and Pencils and thanked Governor Emmanuel for his industralisation agenda which has created jobs for the teeming youths.
“We thought it wise to expose our Pupils to what Governor Emmanuel has brought to our State, it is a laudable project and we are proud of him. As you can see on their faces, these Children are so excited and they are proud of what the governor is doing.
On his part, the General manager of the Factory, Mr. Bassey Friday after conducting the Children round the Factory and educating them on the production processes, added that the factory is not a dream but a reality.
Speaking further, Mr. Bassey noted that since the factory began production, AKEES has sold more than 2 million pieces of pencils within and outside the State.
“the only problem we have now is the issue of branding as most people who buys our pencils cannot identify our products. Of the 150 sleeves we imported from China, only one of them had AKEES named on it while the remaining 149 sleeves had cartoon characters like BEN 10, Hannah Montana and Dora the Explorer”.
“It is hard to differentiate between our products with others but if you look keenly you will discover the difference because our pencils are made from recycled newspapers while others are made of wood. Another distinct feature is that, the led of pencils made by AKEES is thicker (2.5mm) than the usual ones (1.5mm)”, Bassey said.
In his reaction, a visibly elated Miss. Glory Cletus Umeh, said she learnt the process of using old newspapers to make pencils instead of wood and thanked the Factory’s management for letting them in.
Little master Joseph Etuk said he had learnt about the production processes of Toothpick and Pencil and thanked Governor Udom for his industrialisation agenda.