The oil palm industry has been identified as a competitive and vital component of Agriculture that should receive massive attention from the Akwa Ibom state government if the post covid-19 economic reconstruction plan is to make a headway.
Former chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok, made the recommendation when the chairman and members of the Akwa Ibom State Economic Reconstruction and Implementation Committee visited him.
Eduok, who owns one of the largest oil palm plantations farms in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States maintained that if given priority attention, the oil palm industry had the capacity to provide a veritable source of foreign exchange for the government while gainfully employing its citizenry.
Eduok praised Governor Udom Emmanuel for deeming it fit to set up a structure to drive the rejuvenation of the economy post covid-19.
He advocated for a more coordinated approach from government and a high level of patriotism from citizens so as to make the most of opportunities that abound in the oil palm sector for collective wealth of the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Economic Reconstruction and Implementation Committee, Professor Akpan Hogan Ekpo explained that the team visited Edouk to share with him their intent to drive implementation of policies for developing a sustainable oil palm industry in the state.
Ekpo said the team was looking at partnering with private farm owners to unlock investment and funding opportunities from the apex financial institution in the country.
The Committee chairman noted that since oil is a none renewable asset and given the uncertainty of oil revenue, that agriculture will remain the key to growth and development in the State.
Also present at the visit were secretary of the Economic Reconstruction and Implementation committee, Professor Emmanuel Onwuidikut, Mr Udom Inoyo and Mr Ime Uwah, both members of the Committee