BEVERLY HILLS, April 19, (THEWILL) – Akwa Ibom State Government on Monday received a team from the Agricultural Desk of OCP Africa to signal the practical commencement of collaborations.
The team is expected to hold technical sessions featuring presentations on the achievements of the Governor in the agricultural sector, activities of OCP Africa in Agriculture, inspection of some public and private agricultural projects, plantations and farms in the state.
Emmanuel had recently expressed optimism that the commencement of the $1.4 billion fertiliser plant project in Akwa Ibom State by OCP Africa would have a positive impact on agriculture as well as create a viable economic chain in the state.
The Governor was of the opinion that people in the state, especially farmers, stood to benefit a lot from the project, as OCP Africa would ensure the necessary education for farmers on fertiliser needs and best practices.
He said the project would berth a huge investment in agriculture, partnering with farmers, distributors and stakeholders to foster a thriving agriculture system
In the state government’s delegation at the cocktail organised for the OCP representatives were: the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Glory Edet, Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno, who also doubles as the Executive Director, Directorate of Agricultural Investments, AKICORP, Chairman, Technical Committee on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Prof. Edet Udoh, Chairman, Technical Committee on Foreign Direct Investment, Mr. Gabriel Ukpeh.
Others included: Vice Chancellor, Akwa Ibom State University represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Prof. Umoren Umoren and Dr. Edna Akpan, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Ime Uwah, and Special Assistant to the Governor on Entrepreneurial Development, Mrs. Meflyn Anwana.