By Umoh-Obong Kingsley |
The Senior Special Assistant, Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Sam Edoho, has called on the good people of Akwa Ibom State to give the Governor, Mr. Udom Emanuel, the opportunity to during the forthcoming 2019 general elections in order for him to double his efforts in industrialization policy and good governance delivery in the state.
Speaking during an interview session on Comfort 95.1FM Uyo on Wednesday, he said the Governor, having started and commissioned over 12 industries within his first term in office, which no other first term governor in the country has ever done, is set and determined to double his efforts, adding that he has a clear focus on industrialization to address the number one problem in Nigeria as a whole.
Reacting to the insinuations that the industries attracted by the Governor are small, Mr. Edoho described it as an admittance by the people to the fact that there are industries on ground, which he said has cleared the doubt about the industries, thereby giving kudos to the performing Governor.
He explained that Flour Mill industry, Coconut Refinery in Ikot Abasi which is projected to deliver $210 million per annum to the state’s coffers, Syringe Manufacturing industry in Onna, Rice Mill and several other industries across the state, cannot be categorized as small industries by any stretch of imagination.
“Governor Udom Emmanuel should be commended for attracting these industries to reduce the amount of foreign exchange that leaves this country, keeping Akwa Ibom people at work thereby retaining the money within the Nigerian economy. Before the advent of this administration, there was not a single industry in the state, but the present administration has brought in plastic, pencil and toothpick manufacturing factories, which Nigeria still imports into the country.
“The people working in the industries are Akwa Ibom sons and daughters who are making decent means of livelihood and having a purpose in life. There are other value chains supporting these industries including recharge cards sellers and food vendors to the workers as well as suppliers of raw materials thereby boosting the economy of that community.”
The Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management helmsman implored all Akwa Ibom people to give Governor Emmanuel the opportunity by voting for him during the forthcoming 2019 elections in order for him to do more because he is set and determined to do more, adding that he is already primed to do more and a lot more are coming the way of Akwa Ibom people with Udom Emmanuel as Governor come 2019.