Akwa Ibom State Government has received a team from the Agricultural Desk of OCP Africa signalling practical commencement of collaborations .
The visiting OCP Africa team led Mr. Caleb Usoh was treated to a cocktail with the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel represented by Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem.The team is expected to hold technical sessions featuring presentation of 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.
In the State Government’s delegation at the cocktail 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 the 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.
Governor Emmanuel had recently expressed optimism that the commencement of the $1.4b fertilizer plant project in Akwa Ibom State by OCP Africa, will have a positive impact on agricultural products as well as create a viable economic chain in the state.
The Governor was of the opinion that people in the state, especially farmers, stand to benefit a lot from the project, as OCP Africa will ensure necessary education for farmers on fertilizer needs and best practices.
He said the project will berth a huge investment in agriculture, partnering with farmers, distributors and stakeholders to foster a thriving agriculture system.