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A’Ibom Partners Israeli Firm On Automobile Assembly Plant

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Idongesit Ashameri,  Uyo


The Akwa Ibom State government has entered into an investment bond with an Israeli company, MIMSHAC Merkavim Transportation Technologies Plant, for the establishment of an automobile assembly Plant in Itu local government area of the state.

Addressing journalists at the ground-breaking ceremony for the plant in Itu on Tuesday, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, said the move provided an answer to those who doubted the possibility of industrialising the state.

The decision to partner the Israeli firm, according to the Governor, was premised on the need to open up vistas for the industrialisation programmes of his administration, maintaining that industrialisation remained the corner stone to the creation of sustainable development.

His words: “If there is anybody out there who doubts our determination to change the economic fortunes of the state; who is wondering whether our bold vision of industrialising Akwa Ibom is possible, this event provides answer to such doubt.”

He noted that the state was endowed with abundant resources, which would be harnessed for industrial use and announced a plan to establish a clay refining plant to boost economic momentum and create jobs for the people in fulfilment of his campaign promises.

In their speeches, chairman Foreign Direct Investment Committee, Mr. Gabriel Ukpe, member representing Itu Federal Constituency, Dr. Henry Archibong, and Senator Anietie Okon, spoke of the event as the beginning of industrial revolution, which Emmanuel had promised Akwa Ibom people during his campaign. They expressed optimism that better days awaited the people as the Governor has taken steps to industrialise the state.

The International Business Development Adviser to MIMSHAC Merkavim Transportation Technologies Plant, Mr. Ronen Golan, in his remarks, stated that the company was a leading automobile assembling firm with specialty in the assembling of luxury buses, utility vehicles, ambulances and fire trucks. He said the firm was set to train 20 indigenes of the state in areas of automobile manufacturing in addition to opening more job opportunities, building of schools and bringing international investors to the state.

Paramount ruler of the area, His Majesty Edidem Edet Akpan Inyang, assured the company of a safe operating environment and thanked Emmanuel for commencing the industrial revolution policy of his administration in his domain.