Ex-SSG, HOS, Commissioner Extol Umo Eno’s Outstanding Administrative Acumen

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Ex-SSG, HOS, Commissioner Extol Umo Eno’s Outstanding Administrative Acumen

… As Umo Eno Assures OPGAN of Govt’s Commitment to Supporting Agric Business in the State

Tony Udoh

Akwa Ibom elder statesmen have extolled Pastor Umo Eno for what they described as excellent and fantastic administrative approach.

The elder statesmen made the commendation yesterday at a meeting of the Directorate of Agric Investments with the leadership and members of Oil Palm Growers Association of Nigeria (OPGAN).

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In their separate remarks, Chief J. J. Obot and Chief Okokon Antigha expressed satisfaction with the resolutions of the meeting describing Pastor Umo Eno as an exceptional leader with unbeatable administrative intelligence.

In his view, Chief J. J. Obot, who is a retired permanent secretary serving Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Education, Agriculture and also a former Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, said he has attended many meetings but has not seen one so fantastically coordinated.

He said the Executive Director was fantastic, with full knowledge of the subject and displaying intelligence without necessarily playing with words.

Chief Obot who was the first Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance and doubles as Chairman of Mercantile Bank, commended Pastor Umo Eno for his exceptional approach to matters in his jurisdiction.

On his part, Chief Okokon Antigha, former Secretary to the State Government who doubled as the Head of Service also lauded Pastor Umo Eno for being practical in his approach to Administration and prayed for more blessings and wisdom to continually execute the task before him now and in the future.

Earlier in his remarks, the State Chairman of OPGAN, Hon. Jobson William said the association was in the meeting to intimate the ED of the goals of OPGAN and the structures put in place to advance the course of oil Palm business in the State.

Presenting the business plan for the group, the Chief Executive Officer, Hillmanson Consultancy LTD, Pastor Ukpe Udohette said the State Chapter of OPGAN which was formed in 2014 has mustered total of 3, 467 registered members across the 31 local government areas of the State and has a total land size of 16, 341 hectares across the State.

He noted that that the Association was seeking for a loan facility of N19, 903, 338, 000 only from the Central Bank of the Nigeria for its registered clustered members.

The Consultant also among other demands, requested for a single C of O covering all the 16, 341 hectares of land to cover for all its registered cluster members to streamline.

Responding, the Executive Director, Directorate of Agric Investment, Pastor Umo Eno reassured OPGAN of the unwavering commitment of the Governor Udom Emmanuel led administration to supporting agricultural Businesses in the State. 

Pastor Umo Eno who is also the Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources reiterated that Governor Udom Emmanuel is determined in his resolve to promote agriculture and ensure that 80 percent of foods consumed in the State are produced internally.

He disclosed that the Directorate is currently working with the Nigerian Institute for Oil-Palm Research (NIFOR) in Edo State to revamp the defunct Akwa Palm under Public Private Partnership and with a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) named Dakkada Global Oil Palm Limited.

According to him, roads have been created at the plantation while administrative blocs will be constructed soonest alongside pruning and setting up of the nursery.

Pastor Umo who is reputed for his managerial ingenuity said it is imperative for the State to device alternative sources of revenue and not solely depending on the Federal allocation.

He maintained that the State Governor who is a financial and management expert with private sector orientation had decentralized the process of get Certificate of Occupancy especially for those with genuine investment interest, adding that C of O will not be a hindrance to investment concerns of anybody in the State.

The Executive Director said the Directorate had done enumeration of farmers in the State and currently has a data base of all farmers and their interest areas in the State adding that boosting agricultural activities in the State should be the commitment of everyone.

He commended OPGAN for their initiative and commitment to oil palm business in the State adding that the Directorate was ready to render the necessary assistance to ensure that they achieve on their objectives.

To fast track the process of achieving the  set goals, the Executive Director inaugurated a steering committee with the Head of Department in the Directorate of Agric Investments, Mr. Ofonmbuk Nelson representing the Directorate in the Committee and as the head.