When Akwa Ibom Enterprise and Employment Scheme (AKEES) many saw it as another deceptive initiative by government to deceive the innocent public, many who also believe in the scheme taught it was all about white collar job .
But as a banana pills covering the sweetness of the banana, the AKEES initiatives has started yielding fruits in disparate echelons of the State economy, from Agriculture, cottage industries, craft , consulting and media . This ingenuity of governor Udom Emmanuel to create wealth and job for Akwa Ibom people and residents alike is fast changing the stories of so many youth and women who had taken advantage of this government window to gain occupation and also employ others .
Last week I wrote on one of the cottage industries promoted by the AKEES , the Tooth Pick and Pencil Industry which is undertaking test production , but this week I want to dwell on Governor Udom Emmanuel /AKEES building the Agro-Allied economy in the State .
Before now crop like tomatoes others vegetables was been imported to Akwa Ibom State from the Northern States of Nigeria, to me this was a ignominy, seeing people who cohabits in the desert, feeding the people who are enjoying the abundant green vegetation of the South –South Nigeria, from season to season the people of the South-South of Nigeria relishes green vegetation, whether is dry season or rainy because the region is in rain forest.
Apart from the Tomatoes farms, the AKEES also plants, African eggplant, European eggplant, chili green pepper, bell pepper, hot pepper, and cabbage, onions, cucumber and water melon. Today mainstream vegetables found throughout the markets in the State are from the AKYEES farms , hence putting a stop to the capital flight of bringing these farm produce from the North .
One would also wonder why the AKEES farms are doing too well. This is possible due to improved species of the tholga tomato, roma red tomato, cobra tomato and lindo tomato. The cabbage species included the purple and green species that was imported into the State by Akwa Ibom State Government.
It is correct to say that Governor Udom Emmanuel is passionate about agriculture development and food sufficiency. His primary goal on agriculture is to create a new generation of professional farmers and agriculture entrepreneurs that would find agriculture lucrative and dependable. Governor Udom Emmanuel is convinced that one area where one can get a large number of youths to fully engage is in agriculture.
To make headway in the sector, as a people, we must break away from our over dependency on oil and gas. Governor Udom Emmanuel’s passion for agro-preneurial development is creative and futuristic with massive gains on the economy.
With remarkable rise in urban populations across the country, the need for fresh foods to cater for these people is inevitable. Trends toward industrialisation have left fewer entrepreneurs to concentrate on food production. It is therefore, a good sector for one to make profit, while at the same time contributing to the world population’s food supply.
The rise in food prices and the increased demand for consumables has created viable opportunities in the agricultural sector. Agriculturalists say shrewd entrepreneurs can make enough money in farming business. They note that farming incomes will rise dramatically in the next few decades, faster than those in most other industries. This, they say is because of the rise in prices of agricultural produce and the market for such items. Experts say the present day economy does not need more bankers, but more farmers.
Agriculture is a dynamic sector and it is the most critical story in our economy and has the potential to affect the future of the world positively. For decades, agriculture has been associated with production of essential food crops. At present, agriculture above and beyond farming includes forestry, dairy, fruit cultivation, poultry, bee keeping, mushroom, arbitrary, etc. Today, processing, marketing and distribution of crops and livestock products etc. are all acknowledged as part of current agriculture. Thus, agriculture could be referred to as the production, processing, promotion and distribution agricultural products. Agriculture plays a critical role in the entire life of a given economy. Agriculture is the backbone of economic system of a given country. In addition to providing food and raw material, agriculture also provides employment opportunities to very large percentage of population.
The main source livelihood of many people is agriculture. Approximately 70 % of the people directly rely on agriculture as a mean of living. This high percentage in agriculture is as a result of none development of non-agricultural activities to absorb the fast growing population. However, most people in developed countries do not engage in agriculture.
Agriculture is the main source of national income for most developing countries. However, for the developed countries, agriculture contributes a large percentage to their national income.
Agricultural products like sugar, tea, rice, spices, tobacco, coffee , cassava etc. constitute the major items of exports of countries that rely on agriculture. If there is smooth development practice of agriculture, imports are reduced while export increases considerably. This helps to reduce countries unfavourable balance of payments as well as saving foreign exchange. This amount may be well used to import other essential inputs, machinery, raw-material, and other infrastructure that is helpful for the support of country’s economic development and this what Udom Emmanuel government’s intend to archive through activation of profitable agriculture with concentration on exportation of products made from crops and others farm produce as direct source of raw materials and direct food to foreign countries.
Agricultural products like Cassava, Palm Oil, rice, yam , vegetables , tomatoes etc. constitute the major items of exports of countries that rely on agriculture. If there is smooth development practice of agriculture, imports are reduced while export increases considerably. This helps to reduce countries unfavourable balance of payments as well as saving foreign exchange. This amount may be well used to import other essential inputs, machinery, raw-material, and other infrastructure that is helpful for the support of country’s economic development.
Since agriculture employs many people it contributes to economic development. As a result, the national income level as well as people’s standard of living is improved. The fast rate of development in agriculture sector offers progressive outlook as well as increased motivation for development. Hence, it aids to create good atmosphere for overall economic development of a country.
Governor Udom Emmanuel believes richly in these benefits of agriculture and at every event makes it clear to all that economic development relies on agricultural growth. Development in agriculture also increases savings. The rich farmers we see today started saving particularly after green revolution. This surplus quantity may be invested further in the agriculture sector to develop the sector.
That why the governor is building a coconut refinery , which 20,000 hectares of land has been acquired and cleared for the planting of 15,000 special breed seedlings of coconut in Mkpat Enin. The Akwa Ibom State Government has signed a partnership agreement with a South African firm, H.J Oil Food Consulting Limited. The refinery would produce both Palm kernel and Coconut oil. 15,000 special breed seedlings have been air-freighted into the country and the technical team has commenced the management of the nursery and planting of the seedlings which will yield within 3 years. The Governor has explained that he decided to invest in Coconut because of its unquantifiable socio-economic gains and medicinal value.
The State government will be providing for farmers’ seedlings to enable them plant, harvest and provide raw material to the refinery. And the refinery will also stop locals from selling their Coconut to people who are in the habit of coming into the State to short-change them with peanuts. The refinery, upon completion will feed pharmaceutical industries, food maker; livestock feed production and cosmetics industries and will employ about 350,000 people when fully operational.
In other to improve the productivity of the farmers in Akwa Ibom State , the government of Udom Emmanuel is building a fertile plant . This project is a PPP project with Greenwell Technologies. The company is a joint venture between C and S Chemicals with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and CEJ Enterprises in Greenwood, South Carolina, USA to manufacture fertilizers in Nigeria.
This project is very special to the Government as Agriculture has been the sector that attracts the most attention of the Government of the day. Agriculture generates employment for about 70% of Nigeria’s population and contributes about 40% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with crops accounting for 80%. Due to lack of local production, most of the fertilizers used in the country now are imported. The consequences of relying on imported fertilizer include drain in foreign reserve; insufficient supply due to high capital requirements for importation and consequent high retail prices for the farmers, which renders the input unaffordable.
Governor Udom Emmanuel is also making sure that the 540,000 Egg Capacity Poultry Prime Hatchery that would cater to the needs of poultry farmers in Akwa Ibom State and the entire South-south geo-political zone has been completed at Mbiaya in Uruan local government area of the state should start operation . Governor Udom Emmanuel is finalizing managerial agreement with some foreign investors to commence operation before the end of the year 2016 .
The Hatchery project which will solve the problem of South-South and Southeast farmers, who are going all the way to the western and northern parts of Nigeria to hatch their birds. The Akwa Ibom State government is also planning to establish a live feed production company which will cater for the hatchery birds.
A stable agricultural sector ensures a nation of food security. The main requirement of any country is food security. Food security prevents malnourishment that has traditionally been believed to be one of the major problems faced by the developing countries and his concentration on agriculture as one major means to industrialize Akwa Ibom State Government is to guarantee food security in the State and surplus for industrialization and export. Most countries rely on agricultural products as well as associated industries for their main source of income. AKEES is pause to ensure stoppage to importation of food to Akwa Ibom State and exportation of food to other States and countries .
Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm
Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
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By Our Source