Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital to celebrate with Governor Udom Emmanuel, and the good people of Akwa Ibom as the state marks its 30th anniversary.
Osinbajo was warmly welcomed and hosted to a brief reception at the Government House in Uyo, before he headed to Onna local government to commission the first syringe factory in the country and an electric metering plant.
The syringe company according to Governor Emmanuel has a production capacity of 400 million syringes, and would be upgraded to 1 billion by next year.
Mr Emmanuel said he was worried about the 100 percent dependence on importation of all medical consumables into the country, hence his decision to encourage the investment by the private investors.
He recounted that skeptics had scorned at the project at inception because of the poor downturn in the nation’s economy, but expressed delight on the project completion, saying it has opened new doors for more private investments in the state.
Prof. Osinbajo, who was visibly elated with Governor Udom Emmanueul for the foresight in attracting the project, said “You are one of the cleverest people I’ve ever come across.
He described the syringe factory as a landmark project, not just for Akwa Ibom but Nigeria, adding that “it is a game changer for the nation,” as it marks local production of all syringes in the country.
He commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his innovation and creativity.
“It is my privilege to commission this project for the benefit of Akwa Ibom State and the entire Nigeria.”
He described Nigeria as the best place to invest in Africa, and pledged the readiness of the federal government to encourage such investments.
He also went to commission the renovated, and re-equipped General Hospital in Etinan.
The Vice President then proceeded to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo for a Match past and cultural display