The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Sir Charles Udoh, has made known plans by the state government to set up an Agric Micro Finance Bank to boost Agriculture and agro based ventures in the state.
The Commissioner disclosed this over the weekend while speaking on a Live programme on AKBC 90.5 FM.
Describing the project as one of the big plans of Governor Udom Emmanuel for Akwa Ibom people in 2020, Udoh noted that the intended Micro Finance Bank is borne out of the high prospects of agriculture in food production and security for the teeming people of the state as well as the openings and value chain opportunities inherent in agriculture such as: job creation, wealth creation and poverty alleviation.
The Information Boss who was making projections into government plans for 2020 said the year paints a very bright future for the people of the state.
He maintained that with politics and politicking now taking the bank bench in 2020, Governor Udom Emmanuel is focusing squarely on governance and the delivery of dividends of democracy to the people.
Stressing that, there will be accelerated implementation of development programmes by the Governor, Sir Charles Udoh enlisted other programmes to be looked out for in 2020 to include: replication of vegetable green house across the 31 LGAs of the state, automation of the state Civil Service Payroll from workers payroll to the pensions payroll on retirement for civil servants to ensure seamless transition and the tackling in full scale of the IBB flooding as well as the gully erosion menace at Saint Luke’s hospital, Anua in Uyo LGA.
According to the State spokesman, 2020 will witness the rehabilitation and upgrading of more secondary health institutions in the state for enhanced healthcare service delivery especially at Immanuel General hospital, Eket, and those of Ikot Ekpene, Ikot Abasi and Okon.
Expressing satisfaction at the zeal of industralisation and high performance of Governor Udom Emmanuel in infrastructural development, Sir Udoh pointed out that, the 25km Uyo-Ikot Ekpene dualization road project, which the administration met at 5% level of construction is now 98% ready for use, as well as the hughbrow hotel, met at 64% stage of construction.
He said the state is also expecting an increase in its Internally Generated Revenue with the coming on board of the 21-storey smart building, expressing that EXXONMOBIL has appreciated the building and is getting set to relocate its headquarters from Lagos to Uyo, the state capital.
Speaking on aviation, the Information Commissioner said the main terminal building at the Victor Attah International Airport will be wearing a new look with the level of work ongoing steadily, adding that the airport is the only state government-owned airport in Nigeria, run wholly by the state government and has the best runway.
Udoh emphasized that Governor Udom Emmanuel has mapped out a lot of developmental and life touching packages in all sectors for the people in his completion Agenda and urged all to look at the bigger picture of a unified and prosperous Akwa Ibom of our dream where people will rise above myopic political sentiments and selfish interest.