#UdomAtTwo: Gov Emmanuel Flags Off Coconut Refinery, Commissions Mkpat Enin Road
In continuation of activities to mark his second year in office, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has flagged off coconut oil refinery project in Mkpat Enin.
The Governor, who performed the exercise at the Ikot Abasi/Mkpat Enin/Eastern Obolo axis of the state, said the coconut was created by God with over 360 uses.
Governor Emmanuel projected 18 months for the construction of the refinery and promised to bring in more foreign investors who he said had declared interest already in the project.
He lamented that some youths were out to frustrate the efforts of his administration and vowed that those who destroyed the seedlings at the coconut plantation will be arrested and prosecuted.
He charged village heads to caution their youths to cooperate and protect government investments in their domains rather than engaging in acts of sabotage and vandalism, warning that his government would not hesitate to withdraw certificates of Village and Clan heads whose subjects stall government development projects.
Speaking, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Uduak Udoinyang, said he was excited because Governor Emmanuel has fulfilled his promise in line with his five-point agenda.
Onur Kumral, the contractor handling the refinery project said that oil from coconut was more expensive than crude oil and assured that the project will be completed on schedule.
The State House of Assembly Members for Ikot Abasi / Eastern Obolo Hon. Uduak Ududoh who spoke for the community said they came to thank the governor for keeping his electoral promises of providing employment opportunities to indigenes of the area.
In his goodwill message Hon. Otobong Ndem, representative of Mkpat Enin in the House of Assembly said Governor Emmanuel has shown that he is in a haste to develop Mkpat Enin and thanked him for the new roads.
Ndem said, his people will support the governor and will join other Akwa Ibom people to vote for his return into office for a second term come 2019.