Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom
All is set for the manufacturing of plastic household products by the Akwa Ibom State government in continuation of its industrialisation drive in the state. This time, the state is in the process of producing plastics products such as plastic chairs, g p tanks, biro pens as well as other essential plastic products.
According to the governor, plans have reached advanced stage for the production which barring any unforeseen delay should begin by the end of the year.
The General Manager of Akwa Ibom State Enterprises and Employment Scheme (AKEES) Mr James Bassey echoed the mind of the state governor on the impact of industrialisation of the state during his interaction with newsmen in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
AKEES Pencil and Toothpicks
Mr Bassey revealed that the state government had already acquired machines for the production of the plastic wares assuring that installation and production of the various products will happen soon.
He said “as we speak, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has placed an order for the purchase of machines for the production of biro pen, red, blue and black and the machines are going to be located here in this industrial park in Uyo.
The Governor has also ordered that each industrial park will be established in Ikot Ekpene and Eket senatorial districts and they will be producing plastics chairs, G P tanks, and several other injection products”.
Bassey reiterated the vision of AKEES which is the establishment of medium size industries in the state insisting that it has made considerable progress in the employment of teeming population of unemployed youths in the state.
“I can say that with the coming of AKEES the narrative of our people has changed in the sense that a lot of our people have benefited from it. E.g the ICT, the agriculture and now the industries have benefitted the people”.
“It is the plan of the state government to establish mega industries, but if we are building mega industries, you need to start somewhere and get that industrial experience before you can graduate to working in mega industries”.
The Greenwell Fertiliser Blending Plant
Today we see a lot of Nigerians with degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering but because such people have never worked before, he or she will find it difficult to fit into the labour market” added Bassey.
He used the occasion to debunk the negative impression of some mischief persons and political jobbers who peddled the rumour that the state government was out to deceive the people using the industries as a smokescreen. He rather insisted that the programme of industrialization of the state through AKEES has come to stay.