Operations at the electric meter factory in Akwa Ibom State is to commence in January 2017 even as the government has concluded plans to recruit qualified personnel for specialized training in the sector.
Governor Udom Emmanuel who dropped the hint during this month’s breakfast prayer meeting at Government House, stated that his administration has fulfilled its financial obligation for the proposed coconut refinery and is also ready to engage the services of a human resources manager to manage staff of the factory.
The governor said he is upbeat on his promise to industrialize the state and create more job opportunities for the people and enthused “I did not only promise people bread, but I also promise to teach them how to fish.”
The governor lamented the dearth of Mulcher machines in the southern part of the country and announced plans to acquire five new Mulchers for the state.
He called on interested indigenes of the state who are versed in operating cranes and mowers to enroll through the Ministry of Investments, Commerce and Industries or the Foreign Direct Investment Bureau of his office, so that they can be part of a training scheme in Italy.
Governor Emmanuel who also expressed satisfaction with the production of day old chicks at the Akwa Prime Hatchery at Mbiaya Uruan sympathized with those condemning the hatchery project on their ignorance.
He advised the people of the state to embrace the poultry farming by buying their stocks at the hatchery, stating that his administration took a giant leap on May 29 this year to initiate a pilot scheme that saw farmers who collected the day-old chicks harvesting giant birds for consumers in the state.
Governor Emmanuel advised against negative criticisms that tend to scare away potential investors in the state. “Please let me say it from the pulpit this morning, people can attack the governor the way they like, please let them not write things that will actually scare away the investors we are bringing.”
He asserted that, “Money is a coward and it doesn’t go to where it does not feel secured,” adding “You can’t find money where you can’t find security or assurances of safety.”
He also maintained that his government will take a cursory look at health facilities in the state, assuring that efforts will be channeled towards improving more secondary health care facilities in local government areas for the people at the grassroots.