… Promises Revival of Quality Ceramics
The people of Itu Local Government area, after losing the second paper Mill in Nigeria and was established in 1986 by the then Federal Government to employ its people has had its lost glory returned by the Governor Udom Emmanuel led administration.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel during the Commissioning of a Tissue Paper Production Factory at Dakadda Industrial Estate, Afaha Itam, noted that his administration is already working to revive the defunct Quality Ceramics in the locality, as they are at the last phase of construction and will be ready for commissioning by second quarter of 2021.
“This dried bamboo tissue paper factory is the first of its kind in Africa and will give you the best quality you can ever think of tissue paper. By next year, we will declare total war on Education and all the chalks, pens and materials needed in school will be produced here. We will no longer import them from Africa” Governor Emmanuel said
He also congratulated the people of Itu LGA as “the Dakadda Industrial Estate will also house two more factories and this place will continue to employ your people and the people of Akwa Ibom State by extension”.
The Honourable Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Honourable (Elder) Prince Ukpong Akpabio, in a welcome address explained that the factory will produce 5 tons of tissue paper daily and about 2000 tons annually.
He said the bamboos used for production of the tissue pulp will be supplied by the people of Itu Local Government Area and Akwa Ibom State.
Akpabio thanked the State Chief Executive for entrusting the Dakkada Cottage Industries to the Ministry of Trade and Investment.
The Trade and Investment Boss noted that “the manpower for this new production line are almost all indigenous. What we did was to raise indigenes who undertook knowledge transfer from the Chinese expatriate that worked here with this team”.
He furthered that the feat is a resolve of Governor Emmanuel to ensure that the people of Akwa Ibom State are self sufficient.
In a goodwill message, the Member Representing Itu/Ibiono in the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Henry Archibong, appreciated the Governor for spotting Itu as the Local Government to host the tissue factory.
The Member representing Itu LGA in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and Chairman, House Committee on Trade and Investment , Hon. Kufreabasi Edidem said the LGA is “quite lucky for being part of the industrialisation drive of Governor Udom Emmanuel by playing host to industries initiated by this administration “.
He added that 25 direct jobs and over 2000 indirect jobs have been created for youths of Itu LGA through the tissue factory.
The lawmaker said the Local Government will take responsibility to provide the enabling environment for the industry to thrive.
The Paramount Ruler of Itu LGA, Edidem (Dr) Edet Akpainyang, said he his happy to witness the Commissioning of the project as the lost Paper Mill in Itu is a wound that has been healed by Governor Udom Emmanuel through the tissue factory.
He congratulated the Governor on the Ibom Deepseaport, as it is another means to employ the people of Akwa Ibom State.
In a vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Investment, Mr. Oliver Udoukpo, thanked the Governor for the initiative and his wife, Dr. Martha Udom Emmanuel for her support to the Akwa Ibom State Government, the Ministry of Trade and Investment and the people of Akwa Ibom State.
He thanked the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly for their support and advice during construction of the tissue paper factory.
Also at the event was the Wife of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Dr. Martha Udom Emmanuel, the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Sir Moses Ekpo, the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, the Commissioner, Members of the State Executive Council, Members of the AKHA, Senators, Federal House of Representative Members, Royal Fathers, appointees of the Governor, the political class and the people of Akwa Ibom State.