Tuesday, 25 October 2016

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AKSG Commitment To Industrialization

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Why Do You Prefer Akwa Ibom

The pace of infrastructural and socio-economic development witnessed in Akwa Ibom State is quite phenomenal, thereby attracting unprecedented inflow of tourists and investors. 
Since the inauguration of Governor Udom Emmanuel on May 29, 2015, he has not left anyone in doubt as regards the  desire of his administration to ensure that Akwa Ibom remains the choice destination for tourists and investors.
*To extend socio-economic frontiers and the continued drive for development, the new administration seeks to focus on:

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The attention of the Akwa Ibom State Government has been drawn to the activities of some fraudsters and con- artistes who have used the social media, especially Facebook to dupe innocent and unsuspecting members of the public using the names and particulars of some high profile Akwa Ibom State Government officials.
The modus –operandi of these fraudsters is to demand for the payment of a certain amount of money as a condition for accessing certain government programs.
We wish to state unequivocally here that government does not demand payment of money as a condition for providing service to our people, and therefore, would never encourage anyone, an agency or commission to engage in such unethical and illegal act. Members of the public are hereby advised to be wary of the antics and activities of these fraudsters and not fall prey to their machinations. In the meantime, law enforcement agencies are on their trail and they will soon be brought to justice.
Ekerete Udoh
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media/Chief Press Secretary
N/B Below are snipshots of Fake Facebook account opened with His Excellency's name 

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Akwa Ibom And The Agriculture Revolution

Nigeria’s oil-dependent economy has been dealt a massive blow by the fall in international oil prices making the exploration of alternative routes to economic stability increasingly exigent. Akwa Ibom State leads this movement as it positions to move agriculture beyond a subsistent engagement, to a business.
His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel,
 Governor of Akwa Ibom State

The inauguration of a Technical Committee on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency in addition to a Ministry of Agriculture and the subsequent beehive of agricultural and agro-allied activities across the state give tangibility to Akwa Ibom State’s drive at exploiting nature’s vast endowment to ensure food availability and economic advancement.
Soil and weather conditions in Akwa Ibom are very favourable for Cocoa cultivation which can be considered “an untapped oil well” in the country. However, the state produces a paltry 300kg per hectare. Accordingly, a ‘Cocoa Maintenance Scheme’ to improve the yield of cocoa from the present 300kg per hectare to 1,500kg per hectare, has commenced in the State. This scheme will train farmers on contemporary agronomic practices to improve cocoa cultivation with a view to earning foreign exchange. 450 youths are currently being trained by Ghanaian Consultants at Ini Local Government Area.
Meanwhile, modalities for the establishment of a greenhouse cocoa nursery farm (which will provide 5 million hybrid seedlings, and prospectively, another 2 metric tonnes) by Dutch Consultants are currently being worked out.
After the ground-breaking ceremony earlier in the year, St. Gabriel Coconut Plantation & Refinery Ltd., has taken-off with the planting of improved variety of coconut seedlings on several hectares of land at Mkpat Enin, Ikot Abasi and Eastern Obolo Local Government Areas.
An area of special interest is livestock farming. The official opening of Akwa Prime Poultry & Hatchery Ltd in Uruan Local Government Area in May 2016 has catalysed poultry farming. It has encouraged farmers to set up breeder farms to either harvest eggs for sale to the hatchery or for hatching and thereafter harvest the day-old-chicks (DOCs) for brooding. This also ensures high yield at harvest as the quality of DOCs can, to a large extent, be guaranteed since only high quality fertilized eggs are selected for hatching. This will also help douse growing health concerns in Nigeria about imported poultry products.
The newly commissioned
Akwa Prime Hatchery, Mbiaya, Uruan

Approval has been given Merlot Anny Limited for the reactivation and management of the defunct State Premier Fisheries at Obio Eket in Nsit Ubium. In the interim, private piggeries, fish farms, and snail farms owned by smallholder farmers are scattered across the State. In a bid to maximize the huge economic potentials here, the State Government’ Directorate has introduced the ‘Dakkada Business Forum’ as an opportunity to expose farmers all over the state to improved agricultural practices and methods. The forum organizes business clinics for these farmers to acquire knowledge from agricultural experts in addition to providing information on opportunities, as well as counsel them on proper business and management practices.
Ime Uwah, Special Assistant to the Governor
on Marketing and Brand Management

As a staple food across the country, Cassava is consumed in various forms by every Nigerian family daily. Due to its importance, the State Government is working towards a 50% reduction in the price of Cassava-based products like Garri, within two years. Measures aimed at achieving this include the rehabilitation of previously dormant Cassava processing plants and designation of about 6,000 hectares of land for establishment of demonstration/multiplication farms at Ikot Oku Udom in Eket, Ikot Ekan in Abak, Ishiet Ekim in Uruan, Nung Udoe in Ibesikpo Asutan and at Mbak Nsit. These plants are currently working to up their production capacities to 40 metric tons of cassava, starch, flour, fufu etc., per day, from 10 metric tons.
Akwa Ibom has been able to attract the N200 million Grant from the Federal Government to support full value chain in cassava, tomato, rice and sorghum having paid Six Million Naira counter-part funding to be able to access the FADAMA III Additional Financing Intervention Project of the Federal Government. Service providers, input suppliers, agro-dealers, processors, off-takers and marketers are all proposed to benefit from these.
Government has made provision for the cultivation of 200 hectares of improved variety of maize in each of the 31 Local Government Area of the State. Aside consumption in its various forms, increased maize production will further boost livestock farming through the provision of raw material for livestock feed production which is largely dependent on maize.
A cassava demonstration farm

To curb the expenditure on importation of rice, more emphasis has been placed on rice production. The Government has secured N10 billion for small-scale rice growers through the ‘Anchor Borrowers Program’ of the Central Bank of Nigeria in collaboration with Bank of Agriculture. Cumulatively, about 63,715 hectares of swamp land is targeted for cultivation by rice farmers in the state.
Akwa Ibom State Government has entered into an agreement on agricultural development, infrastructural expansion and consolidation with Ashdene Associates Nigeria, a non-profit organization reputed to have successfully executed business in about twenty nine countries of the world. The organization will explore the abundant agricultural resources especially in respect to rice production and the Coconut refinery projects.
 Coconut Seedlings
 Coconut seedlings

Government is also currently partnering with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development under the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) for the provision of farm inputs for millions of farmers in Akwa Ibom between 2016 and 2019. Farmers in crops, livestock and fisheries sub-sectors are billed to benefit from this scheme.
In view of these prospects, a good number of local and foreign investors have indicated interest in the areas of feed production, food processing, waste management and waste recycling in the State. These will add to the many prospective jobs in the Agriculture sector.

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Akwa Ibom State Is Safe For Investment - Gov. Emmanuel Assures

Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel says his administration is working assiduously to rid the state of criminal elements and checkmate heinous crimes to make the state a safe haven for the teeming investors to carry out their businesses.
Governor Emmanuel stated this at Reigners Bible Church International, Uyo Village Road, where he attended the church service.
He said: "securities agencies are on alert to fish out criminals were ever they are. People should volunteer information to the Police for prompt action" and commended security agencies for the low crime situation in the state.
The Governor called on the church to continually pray for peace and stability in the state asserting that those in positions of Authority often fall prey to sentiments propelled by people around them but intercession will guide them to take right decisions.
Mr Emmanuel described the day's sermon "Dry bones shall rise again" as very apt saying it demonstrates God's ability to reverse hopelessness in man.
He explained that if God could restore the dry bones in the Bible, the economic recession experienced in the country would give way to abundance and called on leaders to uphold justice and evolve appropriate economic measures to reverse the situation.
He expressed appreciation to the General Overseer of the Church for spear heading evangelism and interceding in the redemption of the state from satanic bondage and directed the Managing Director of Hensek Integrated Services, a construction firm to commence landscaping work in the church premises and donated an 18 seater Bus to the Church Choir.
The Guest Minister Apostle Prince Ohene Asare, from Ghana, assured that God will restore the lost glory of Nigeria as a great nation and that Akwa Ibom State will emerge an economic hub in Africa.
The General Overseer of the Church Reverend Akan Weeks who preached on the theme "Dry Bones Shall Rise Again" culled his sermon from the Book of Ezekiel chapter 37 verse 1 to 10, said that dry bones represent adverse situations and the vision reflect what Isrealites passed through even as children of God.
Reverend Akan Weeks cited David as a man who sought God's empowerment and direction in all his undertakings to achieve success stressing that leaders who align themselves with divine guidance are bound to succeed.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Onofiok Luke, former Governor of Adamawa Mr Boni Haruna, Secretary to the State Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren, Permanent Secretaries and members of the dissolved State Executive Council including Engr. Etido Inyang, Prince Enobong Uwah, Dr Iniobong Essien and Dr Godwin Ntukude attended the Church service.

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25 Beautiful and Interesting Tourist Locations in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

 Here, we present you with 25 Most Beautiful  Tourist Locations in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Akwa Ibom State:

Akwa Ibom state is one of the 36 states in Nigeria. The name "Akwa Ibom" was named after the famous river "Qua Iboe". Akwa Ibom is situated in the Southern part of Nigeria. It lies between latitudes  4°321 and 5°331 North, and longitudes 7°251 and 8°251 East. Akwa Ibom state was carved out from the defunct Cross Rivers State (Akwa Cross). The state "Akwa Ibom" was created on the 23 September 1987 by Ibrahim Babangida Badamassi (IBB)
The Capital of Akwa Abasi Ibom state is currently in Uyo

Akwa Ibom state is often referred to as  Land of Promise. The state is an oil producing states of the Niger Delta. The total population of the Akwa Ibom people is about 3,920,208 and a land area of 6,900 Sq km. With an ocean front which spans a distance of 129 kilometers from Ikot Abasi in the west to Oron in the east, Akwa Ibom presents a picture of captivating coastal, mangrove forest, beautiful sand beach resorts, and other interesting places one can visit. Some of such places includes the "10 Most beautiful Places in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria";

1. Ibom International Stadium

Whether you are on a visit to Akwa Ibom either for the first time or on a repeated visit, these places and structures featured in this piece can be a one stop for a tremendous historical experience. 

2. Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort in Uyo L.G.A

Le Meridien in Uyo
Le Meridien, Uyo
Golf playing newlyweds will have most romantic experience at Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort in Akwa Ibom State. Located in the midst of a flourishing palm forest vegetation, and full of romantic discoveries and adventure, it is a quiet get away for lovebirds on their honeymoon. The chefs serve some of the most delicious meals you can taste in the whole country. 
Visit: Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort.

3. Ikot Ekpene Four Point Hotel By Sheraton; 

The hotel which is sited in Ikot Ekpene is about 20 minutes drive from Uyo, the state capital and about 45 minutes drive to the Akwa Ibom International Airport.
As the second Starwood Hotel in the state and the tenth in the country with Ibom Le’Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort being the first in the state, Four Points by Sheraton, Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria is equipped with the following;
14-storey oval-shaped Complex
146 rooms
14 suites
600-seater Banquet Hall
6 Meeting Rooms
1 Holding Room
Business Centre
100-Seater in-house Restaurant
Reception Bar
Terrace Bar
SPA center
Night clubs
Elegantly furnished restaurants
Swimming pool
Tennis court
Rooftop café
Photo Credit- Ibom tourism

Photo Credit- Ibom tourism

Photo Credit- Ibomtourism

Photo Credit- Ibom tourism

4. Ibeno Beach in Ibeno L.G.A.;This is a beautiful sand beach which stretches to James town on the Atlantic, providing recreational facilities with excellent opportunities for water sports. A couple of similar beaches are at  Eastern Obolo, Ikot Abasi, Abadia, Nwaniba, and Oron.

Ibom Tourism Crew

5. Ibom Plaza in Uyo L.G.A 

Akwa Ibom Plaza at Uyo
Ibom Plaza Fountain

The monument symbolizes the unity of the people of Akwa Ibom state and it is a delightful art-piece, skirted with a dazzling selection of uniquely beautiful flowers. Ibom Plaza has an open theater, double-rolled water fountain within the Plaza, and a shopping center. 
The unique thing about Ibom Plaza. Alone, it stands out as the first of its kind in the history of city modernisation in Nigeria.

6.The Presbyterian Church 

It was built by the famous missionary- Mary Slessor who stopped the killing of twins amongst the people of the region. Her tomb was also built on the spot where she was buried and the house she lived before her death situated around Ikot/Oron/Itu village in the state.

7. Lord Lugard's Residence in Ikot Abasi L.G.A.  

Lord Lugards Home

This place is a one-storey cottage where Lord Lugard lived during the amalgamation period, and it is located opposite the Amalgamation House. This was claimed to be the first administrative headquarters of the region before it was taken to Calabar.

8. National Museum in Uyo L.G.A. 
This building houses some of the finest carvings, relics, artifacts, and other valuable antiquities such as masquerade costumes, traditional instruments, and pottery. It also contains an attractive, shaded waterfront garden where one can watch small boats drifting on the creeks.

9. Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center in UyoL.G.A

Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center in UyoL.G.A

10. Ibom E-Library in Uyo

11. Ibom Internatinal Airport

Ibom Internatinal Airport

12. 1st Qua Iboe Church at Iwochange In IbenoThe first Qua lboe Church building at Ibeno, erected in 1912 at the point where the first missionary and the founder of the Qua lboe Church landed in 1887. The founder was  samuel Alaxander bill and he arrived in Ibeno in 1887.

13. Ikot Ekpene Plaza;

 Built and commissioned by the administration of the past Governor of the state. Governor Godswill Akpabio. it has become one of the most visited tour sites in Akwa Ibom. fortunately the plaza is right beside the Four Point hotel in Ikot Ekpene. A wonderful sight to behold at night. it has become one of the best honeymoon locations in Nigeria. 

14. Mesuem Park at Udo Udoma Avenue; The park ones neglected has become a very busy tourist location. it has such expanse of beautiful field that can host more than 10 wedding receptions at a time. it has become both a get away for lovers and for hosting birthday parties. It is a place worth visiting by any tourist.

15. Oron Beach; Not one of the Popular beach. but a quite beach for couples that love get aways at places where there is no much crowd.

16. Nwaniba beach along the lower Cross River valley. There is a golf course here.

17. Rafia City; Ikot Ekpene local government being the first local government in west Africa is known for its mastery in Raffia weaving and wood carving. It always a wonderful experience to take a tour and go see what stands them out.

Basket for storage

Rafia Bicycle
Rafia Make Up Box
18. Millennium Hospital at Uyo; 

Rated as one of the best hospitals in Africa and with state of the arts facilities. this hospital is a rare sight to behold. when coming into uyo, it stands as one of those facilities that gives you a rare imagination of what to expect.

19Mary Slessor's house at Ikot Offiong, where the famous pioneer Scottish missionary devoted herself to humanitarian services.

The boat yard is found after Lugard’s house, behind the administrative building of the former Royal Niger Company premises. It is a large  boat yard where merchant ships were built and repaired. There exist some old boats and canoes of all sizes in the yard which is an indication of the extensive businesses carried out in the area in the past. 

22. The Bridge of No ReturnIt is not only in Badagry that had the mystery bridge. In Ikot Abasi there was also a bridge of no return where any slave that passes never returns. At the bank of the Imo River estuary, a walking distance from the Amalgamation house and colonial offices is a jetty and a bridge designed to enable free movement to and from the river, to enable embankment into boats and canoes. This was the famous Bridge of No Return, a name given to it by the locals. Slaves were walked down this bridge to the canoes for onward movement to the slave ships that lay anchored at the middle of the high sea waiting for their human cargoes for onward journey through the Atlantic Ocean to the vast plantations in Europe and Americas. No slave that walks down the bridge ever returns and this inormed the name “Bridge of No Return”.
Also at this bridge are the slave dungeons made up of containers of cast concrete with two tiny holes at each end to enable occupants receive air. This is where the most stubborn slaves were kept before shipment for the purpose of weakening their resolve. The Dungeons have partitions, so that each cubicle holds one slave. Apart from the dungeons, there are warehouses for goods that were later turned into slave warehouses. This was where the slaves were kept in preparation for their shipment.

                DOWN SLOW
This was the last point of discharge of slaves into the waiting slave ships that eventually sailed them into slavery. It can be seen from the bank of the river lying closer to the shore-end of the river. The slave masters originally called the spot “Down Below” where slaves were lowered into huge ocean liners. The name was later corrupted by the locals to “Down Below”.



 the head tax mobilized themselves from all parts of the region, some coming in canoes singing and chanting. On landing at the colonial administrative office they started chanting war songs. To quell the riot, the British officials asked the colonial police to open fire on the singing unarmed women which led to the death of scores of women. To commemorate the bravery of these women who stood their ground and died for a just cause, a statue was erected in front of the Ikot Abasi Local Government secretariat which was then the administrative headquarters of the British colonial government. on every December 16, each year all Akwa Ibom women gather at the sight to commemorate the selfless sacrifice of these women. Women of Ikot Abasi, then a part of Opobo were actively involved in the famous women riot of 1929 over taxation and in protest againt colonial rule which culminated into the Aba Women riot of 1929. It was alleged that the protest was as a result of the new tax regime introduced by colonial officials in then Eastern Nigeria. Women protesting against their inclusion in the payment of tax.


The Itu River was a renowned slave trade route and the old jetty still stands. There are a number of old prison-like warehouses where slaves were kept to await shipment via the Itu River. The main lodge was the residence of the white slave merchants who occupied the area. This is a one-story house, much complex and beautifully constructed.

25. Exxon mobil 9 hole Golf CourseIbeno beach is not just the longest sand beach in west Africa, it is the only beach that has an adjoining Gold course. 

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