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Emmanuel Launches Enterprise, Employment Scheme

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Posted: Apr 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Idongesit Ashameri
Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State Governor, has charged youths of the state to explore the abundant economic potential to create wealth for sustainability and self-reliance as he launched Akwa Ibom Enterprise and Employment Scheme (AKEES) at Ibom Hall, Uyo.
He said that God has endowed the state with enormous human and natural resources that can be utilised to grow the economy and earn a living.
He particularly congratulated the beneficiaries of the scheme for taking a bold step to acquire innovative skills to boost their enterprises.
The state chief executive described the scheme as an answer to the yearnings of Nigerians for the emergence of small and medium scale industrialisation programme as done in other developing nations, stressing that it had come at a time the nation was battling the economic recession by exploring other means of generating revenue following the decline in the oil revenue at the International market.
Governor Emmanuel who stated that the scheme was to ginger Akwa Ibom youths and by extension, Nigerian youths to explore other avenues for economic growth through aggressive Agricultural enterprise which has a viable value chain explained that his commitment to undertake the cocoa maintenance and production scheme as well as Coconut Oil Refinery was to boost the state’s economy as the price of cocoa and coconut oil are higher than crude oil in the international market.
He pointed out that his administration would continue to encourage cocoa cultivation by providing incentives to farmers who cultivate at least five hectares and explained that if the state could cultivate a hundred hectares of cocoa it would regain its ranking as one of the major producers of the crop.
The Governor pointed out that the specie of cocoa produced in the state had the best flavour and that a business retreat to brainstorm on how to utilise the various natural endowments to create wealth would be held to enable the state go into large scale production of cassava, tomatoes, vegetables and other cash crops with the application of the right tecnology to feed industries and for both local consumption and export.
Elder Ufot Ebong, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters, said that AKEES is a
franchise scheme incorporating technical and vocational skill acquisition and entrepreneurial training designed for the implementation of the state government’s new Enterprise Development Programme.