Akwa Ibom Government Set To Establish Cattle Ranch

Akwa Ibom Government Set To Establish A Cattle RanchAkwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to harnessing the available natural resources in the state to create wealth for sustainability.

Governor Emmanuel stated this when he played host to San Carlos – a group of Agro Allied Investors from Mexico, who visited him at Government House, Uyo.

He said: “It behooves on the leadership of the state to harmonize the God-given resource to fight poverty and hunger.

“I am often appalled by the vast lands surrounding the state and not cultivated yet we depend on importing food items from neighbouring states whereas 80% of what we consumed should be produced locally”.

He hinted that in keeping with the focus of hi administration to ensure food sufficiency, he had “evolved an environment induced diagnosis by partnering with other investors to achieve set goals and make Agriculture a big business for farmers in the state”.

He expressed gratitude to the San Carlos Group for their decision to invest in the agricultural sector of the state’s economy.

The Chairman Technical Committee on Agriculture, Professor Edet Udoh, had earlier lauded the enterprise vision of Governor Emmanuel who has created an enabling environment to attract investors to the state.

“A Memoranda of Understanding has been signed with the San Carlos Group on areas of comparative advantage and a cattle ranch is to be established at Adadia, Uruan Local Government Area beginning with 2,000 herds of cattle in the first phase.

“They will take off with the harvest of cocoa yields using the international standard to control quality for export as well as introduce a new breed of cocoa and provide a nursery to nurture the new variety that would be given to farmers,” he said.

The investor, Mr Carlos Cabal said that modern agriculture is driven by technology and after an accurate feasibility study, his group resolved to invest in the livestock by bringing high breed cattle.

He said that they would carry out an insemination programme to provide new breeds for consumption and export.

Mr Cabal also spoke of the white almond cocoa variety that would be introduced to cocoa farmers in Ini Local Government Area of the state while a fermentation plant would be established in the area to save the grower the stress of wastage due to poor processing and ensure good quality of the cocoa seeds for export.

He expressed appreciation to Governor Udom Emmanuel for welcoming them to the state and pledged to abide by the MoU entered into with the state government.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Assigns Portfolios To New Commissioners

Governor Emmanuel, Corruption, Gov. Udom,18 commissioners and two special advisers sworn in by Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, have now been assigned portfolios.

The state House of Assembly on Wednesday confirmed the nominees, following their screening exercise.

House leader, Udo Akpan, had moved a motion for their confirmation and was seconded by Aniekan Bassey, the member in charge of Uruan constituency of the state.

It would be recalled that Governor Emmanuel dissolved the state Executive Council on October 15, 2016.

The new list was sent in on November 26, exactly 45 days after the dissolution of the former EXCO.

Here is a full list of the 20 government officials.

1. Victor Antai, Ministry of Culture and Tourism
2. Orman Esin, Ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources.
3. Linus Nkan, Ministry of Finance
4. Akan Okon, Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal and Special Duties
5. Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, Attorney General, Ministry Of Justice
6. Dr Dominic Ukpong, Ministry of Health
7. Ephraim Inyangeyen, Ministry of Works
8. Glory Edet, Ministry of Women Affairs
9. Monday Ebong Uko, Ministry of Youth And Sports
10. Prof. Eno Ikpe, Ministry of Investment, Commerce and Industry
11. Udo Ekpenyong, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs
12. Dr Uduak Charles Umoinyang, Ministry Of Agriculture
13. Arc Ime Ekpo, Lands and Town Planning
14. Paul Alexander Udofia, Ministry of Education
15. Charles Udo, Ministry Of Information and Strategy
16. Idorenyin Sunday Udo, Ministry of Economic Development, Planning and Man Power Development
17. Dr Nse Udo Essien, Ministry of Science And Technology
18. Dr Iniobong Essien, Ministry of Environment
19. Rt. Hon. Barr. Ekong Sampson, Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs
20. Mrs Ekemini David, Special Adviser on Rural Development and Co-orporatives