The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Prince Ukpong Akpabio, has made known the preparedness of the government to engage youths of the state in a new production line to be opened at the Itam Industrial layout.
This will take place alongside the benefitting of social amenities by 1000 families in an organic banana plantation to be opened soon in the state in 150 days.
Akpabio said this when he spoke Update Akwa Ibom on AKBC Radio.
He noted that the arrangements are being structured by Governor Udom Emmanuel to “boost the industrialization-drive of his administration and also stem the tide of youth unemployment in Akwa Ibom State”.
“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 organic banana will be cultivated for export…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”, he said.
The Commissioner stated that “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 of Akwa Ibom origin.
He maintained that Governor Udom Emmanuel is committed to taking Akwa Ibom State to the outer world as a reference point in industrialization, and that the Governor’s determination is to ensure that 80% of consumables by Akwa Ibom people are produced in the state.
Akpabio also mentioned the inclusion of civil Servants in the Governor’s all-inclusive agenda. He held that plans are underway to complete medium density housing estates for the workers in Uyo and Eket, adding that the Uyo estate will be completed in 3 months.