Business owners in Akwa Ibom State have been advised to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by cooperative societies and aggregate, so as to make a lasting impact on the agro-economic sector of the state. The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr Ime Uwah made the call earlier today when he visited a Palm Kernel Oil (PKO) processing factory in Ukpom Abak to assess their production line and capacity.
Uwah identified small holder farmers and processors as the live-wire of the much needed agricultural revolution in the state; especially as the oil regime gradually grinds to a halt as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic that is stalling the global economy.
Speaking further, the Governor’s Aide commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for setting up the economy reconstruction implementation team headed by Prof. Akpan Ekpo, a renowned economist and former Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo in which he (Uwah) is a member, opining that it will be easy for the Governor to take entrepreneurs to the next level if through cooperative societies instead of dotting the field as individuals. He stressed that the Governor’s is committed to creating enabling environment for efficient business operations, as well as provision of linkages to market opportunities common value chain produce.
Speaking earlier, the chief executive officer of the Palm Kernel Oil factory, Mrs Uboho Tom thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for his efforts in continuously improving the state’s economy through his industrialization drive. Uboho outlined the challenges faced by the factory to include inadequate working capital and funds for acquisition of better equipments that would enable them improve their production quality and yield rate.
Accompanying, the SSA was Mrs. Comfort Umanah a retired Director in the Akwa Ibom State Civil service.