Governor Udom Emmanuel has pledged his support to help develop genuine producers and manufacturers of goods in Akwa Ibom state with the view of making the state an industrial hub.

The governor made the pledged through his deputy, Mr. Moses Ekpo at the event to flag-off made -in- Akwa Ibom products at Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat.

Speaking in the exhibition, the governor noted that lack of industries in the state has encouraged a high level of dependency on the state government for employment, added that Akwa Ibom has often been referred to as a “civil service state”, saying this has become a challenge in his administration.

Hence, he noted that it was on that light that his government has harnessed all round resources towards creating an industrial hub in the state which he said would stimulate all round development as well as creating jobs for the teeming youths of the state.

He used the occasion to enumerate some of the industries attained by his administration to include; Peacock paint, Syringe and Needle Company, while assuring that his government is fully committed to putting every energy required to actualize the Ibaka Deep Seaport in no distance future.

Declaring the exhibition open, the governor said that the theme for the exhibition “promoting made in Akwa Ibom products for sustainable industrial development”, is in tandem with the resolve of his government to fully industrialize the state and urged the participants to make the event worthwhile.

The governor expressed optimism that the 3 days exhibition will energize the hope for a sustainable industrial development of the state and further produce a platform for more entrepreneurs to key into the dakkada philosophy of his administration.

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He however thanked the Ministry of investment, Commerce and industry for creating the exhibition and also appreciated the exhibitors for their participation.

Similarly, the Commissioner for investment, Commerce and industry, Prof. Eno Ikpe who was represented by the permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Oliver Udokpo , said the essence of the exhibition was to showcase the arts, craft, talents and other products made by the people of Akwa Ibom.

Prof. Eno maintained that the products displayed at various stands were of high qualities and could compete favourably with imported products in the market and called on indigenes to patronize the locally made products.

She further stressed the need for the ministry and the state government to expose the made in Akwa Ibom products to the national and international market for acceptability.

High point of the event was a visit to various exhibited products by the deputy governor.

By Deborah EKANEM

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