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@35: ‘Why Akwa-Ibom is Nigeria’s best kept secret’ - ITREALMS

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The oil-rich state of Akwa-Ibom has been described as the Nigeria’s best kept secret, just as the state celebrates 35th year after creation, reports ITREALMS.
Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem
Speaking to a cross section of senior journalists who were in the state on a facility tour, the Secretary to the Akwa-Ibom State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem in the company of the Honourable Commissioner for Information, Comrade Ini Ememobong Essien, Special Adviser on Publicity, Prince Chris Abasieyo and Chief Press Secretary, Comrade Ekerete Udoh, declared that “Akwa-Ibom is the Nigeria’s best kept secret.”
This, he said, steams from the number of infrastructural developments in the state with capacity to leverage Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for youth empowerment.

He also revealed that Akwa-Ibom is now second to Lagos in terms of commercial viability.

Under the current administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel, he said, they are working at surpassing people’s expectations and their own targets.

Ekuwem equally assured that the state has what it takes to elevate the national gross domestic products as Akwa-Ibom continues to be attractive bride as far as foreign direct investment is concerned due to astute leadership of Gov. Udom Emmanuel.

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As said by him, Akwa Ibom is the Nigeria’s best kept secret, and is becoming the industrial destination for the West African subregion, for increase in job creation.

The SSG cited an instance of employing over 400 indigenes at the St Gabriel Coconut Oil Factory at Mkpat Enin among others.

ITREALMS recalled that Akwa Ibom State is located in the South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria, flanked in the east by Cross River State, on the west by Rivers State and Abia State, whereas on the south by the Atlantic Ocean. The state takes its name from the Qua Iboe River which intersects the state before flowing into the Bight of Bonny. Akwa Ibom was a split from Cross River State in 1987 with her capital Uyo by Nigeria’s Military President, Ibrahim Badamasi Babagida and currently has 31 local government areas (LGA).

Also, Akwa Ibom prides itself as the 30th largest in area and fifteenth most populous with an estimated population of nearly 5.5 million as at 2016 census.
Honourable Commissioner for Information, Comrade Ini Ememobong Essien, Special Adviser on Publicity, Prince Chris Abasieyo and Chief Press Secretary, Comrade Ekerete Udoh
Earlier in the week, ITREALMS gathered some group of ICT journalists and civil society organisations led by the Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO), and a delegation of Akwa Ibom indigenes in diaspora were conducted on a tour of the capital projects completed under this administration as part of the 35th year celebration.

*Remmy Nweke/DoP in Uyo

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