The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh has announced plans by the State Government to relocate the Exxon Mobil and other Internal Oil Companies (IOC) to Akwa Ibom, as part of the state government’s plans to boost and improve internally generated revenue.
The Commissioner disclosed this on Saturday, May 11, when he gave an insight on the progress of the ongoing Construction of a 21-Storeyed building complex of international standard for the oil giant and the IOCs.
Speaking on Inspiration FM, the Information Boss noted that the decision to undertake the building of a complex for Exxon Mobil was not a waste of resources but a means of bringing in more revenue, investment and job opportunities to the state, adding that the facility will accommodate Exxon Mobil and its subsidiaries who will pay both taxes and rents to the state government.
The Commissioner explained that the State Government was on the course of moving Akwa Ibom State from a public sector driven economy to a private sector by creating jobs, wooing investors, alleviating poverty and consolidating good governance for Akwa Ibom people.
Mr. Charles also expressed confidence that the Construction of over 1,700 kilometer stretch of roads across the state and the abounding industries will pave way for economic boom which will put food on the tables of citizens.
Describing Akwa Ibom State as the most peaceful in Nigeria, the Commissioner explained that the state has witnessed low turnout on crime compared to other states where crimes occur unabated. This, he said, was as a result of the state government’s resolve to securing lives and properties.
“In four years, we have amassed more industries in Nigeria. Our Hospitals are better, the prize of garri has reduced, schools are free, Government is still paying WAEC fees. In the area of Sports, Akwa Ibom State has done better in many years and the landscape of Sport cannot be complete without Akwa Ibom being mentioned”, he said.