- Governor Udom Emmanuel has flagged off the construction of a science and technology park in Uyo
- The park is an initiative of a former governor of the state, Obong Victor Attah
- The park which will be called Ibom Blue Sea Science and Technology park is to be built by a Chinese firm
Governor Udom Emmanuel has flagged off the construction of a science and technology park in Uyo, 12 years after a former governor of the state, Obong Victor Attah conceived the idea.
The park which will be called Ibom Blue Sea Science and Technology park is to be built by a Chinese firm.
It will have a university of technology, vocational centre, a five-star hotel, a hospital and power plant.
Performing the flag-off ceremony on Thursday, December 19, Governor Emmanuel said Akwa Ibom has enormous business opportunities and called on interested foreign investors to open businesses in the state, assuring them of a guaranteed conducive environment.
“We’ve created an environment for people to come in and invest, we are calling on other investors, other Chinese companies that are here, let them come we will collaborate we will make sure they invest in Akwa Ibom and reap returns on their investment,” he stated.
He thanked the Chinese firm for collaborating with the state government, adding that the park will be one of the best in Africa when completed.
He also assured the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Chu Mac Ming, who was present at the event, of the state government’s readiness to ensure the completion of the science park, while calling on youths of the state to take advantage of the project to create wealth through their creativity.
Speaking, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state and progenitor of the science park project, Obong Victor Attah, expressed delight over Governor Emmanuel’s adoption and expansion of the project.
“I have come here because I feel really fulfilled and I have come to thank Governor Udom Emmanuel, not just because he has revived what I know is going to be a life-transforming project, but because in so doing, he has brought an end to that era of destructive politicking whereby we turn our backs on the projects of our predecessors.
“That for me is a landmark lesson for Akwa Ibom people to learn, particularly those who are seeking office,” Attah said.
Also speaking, Chinese envoy, Chu Mac Ming lauded the investment potentials existing in Akwa Ibom and assured of the Chinese government’s readiness to partner the state in the development of its economy ranging from aviation, education, technology, rail and seaport development.
Ming assured that Chinese companies operating in Nigeria would always exhibit best practices and render quality services.
Meanwhile, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has commended Governor Emmanuel on his food sufficiency programme in Akwa Ibom.
Obasanjo who is a renowned farmer hailed the governor's determination to provide an alternative source of revenue for the state through agriculture.
He gave the commendation while fielding questions from journalists after his brief stopover at the Green House Farm along Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo, during his visit to the state for the burial of former Secretary to the Government of the federation, late Chief Ufot Ekaette.
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