Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State said on Wednesday that the state’s proposed 10,000 hectares of rice plantation to be inaugurated by the second quarter of 2017 would employ 2,000 youths.
Emmanuel, while addressing youths in Nsit Ubium, said both the plantation and a processing mill would be located in Ini Local Government Area.
According to the governor, a 7.5km road is being constructed to the plantation ahead of the inauguration.
He said: “We are set to inaugurate 10,000 hectares of rice plantation with the entire value chain going to be in Ini Local Government Area of the state.
“We need to construct a road to the rice plantation.
“If you go there, the 7.5km of road we are constructing will be commissioned by the second quarter of next year so that we can go ahead with the inauguration.
“The rice plantation, when inaugurated, will employ 2,000 youths and women in the state.”
Besides, Emmanuel said the coconut plantation established by the state had employed 300 youths, adding that another 600 youths would be employed before the rainy season.
The governor said his administration was building infrastructure for the enhancement of industrialization of the state.
He reassured the citizens that the Eket/Ibeno Road would be inaugurated by May 29, adding that Eket/Etinan Road was under construction.
Emmanuel said the state government had handed over the construction of Eket/Etinan Road to a multinational construction company.
He said: “I will ensure that Eket/Etinan Road is constructed by multinational construction company for quality sake.”
He added that the state government was committed to give jobs to the teeming youths and women, promising that his administration would teach youths how to fish and not to distribute fish to them.
He also said a cottage industry for the manufacturing of tooth picks and pencils would be inaugurated soon.
A Singapore-based investment organisation, Ashdene Associates Nigeria, had signed a $100 million investment agreement with the Akwa Ibom State Government on agricultural development, infrastructural expansion and consolidation.