Akwa Ibom State Government has concluded plans to recruit ten thousand youths of the state into various job openings in the agricultural sector to sustain the Agricultural revolution soon to be witnessed in the state.
Governor Udom Emmanuel announced this during an interaction with Leaders of Major Socio-cultural organizations who were at the Government House, Uyo on a solidarity visit.
He said that his administration is committed to laying a solid economic foundation for the future through industrialization and that for a take-off, ten modernized Cassava processing Plant would be established across the state.
He noted that the state is blessed with arable land that tolerates cultivation for all seasons and that he is committed to exploiting the agricultural potentials of the state to its maximum advantage by ensuring that the abundant hectares of land is put to use agriculturally.
Speaking further, Governor Emmanuel disclosed that the employment will give premium to the youths of the state who were earlier sent to the State of Israel for training on mechanized farming and that the move is tilted towards ensuring that indigenes of the state have earned a living rather than begged for it.
“He noted that if we don’t plant today, there may not be harvest tomorrow to sustain the people as overdependence on oil does not do the economy any good.”
Governor Emmanuel who used the occasion to decry the spate of falsehood perpetuated by some local tabloid, observed that they have misinformed the people on Government activities through their junk reportage.
He cited the wrong presentation of compensation payment, Tax issue, upgrading of electrical facilities and the recent tribunal verdict as topical issues where the local tabloid have feasted and misinformed the people. He therefore called on the people to discountenance such publications stressing that they are counterproductive to development.
The International President Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio Akparawa Monday Etukakpan, who led the delegation, informed the Governor that all the socio cultural organizations in the state have decided to visit him to declare their solidarity as regards the tribunal verdict.
He spoke of the Governor as the right man for the right job and at the right time and advised him not to succumb to blackmail but should sustain the developmental strides which he has put in place through the series of ground breaking for industries which he noted is for the benefit of every Akwa Ibom person.
Akparawa Etukakpan assured Governor Emmanuel of victory in the tribunal and maintained that even if election is conducted several times, he would emerged winner as he is destined for greatness.