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Rice Mill: Udom Has Given Akpabio Sleepless Nights!



Uwemedimoh Umanah

The unprecedented success of Governor Emmanuel’s industrialization policy is causing amnesia to Senator Godswill Akpabio and the entire APC in the state.

The reason is that Udom, unlike his predecessor, has crossed the rubicon by taking development beyond rhetoric and political fantasy.

The latest in the coterie of Industries is the new rice milling factory built in Ini local government area of Akwa Ibom State. The mill was yesterday 15th Of December 2018, commissioned by Governor Udom Emmanuel, with a promise that it will give birth to several other factories in the area.

It can be recalled that during the 2011 gubernatorial campaigns, Godswill Akpabio, the then Governor of the State said he had earmarked N20 billion yearly to build 31 Industries across the state. If this is summed, it translates into a whopping 80 billion Naira. But he ended up squandering those eight years of economic boom and couldn’t build or attract a single industry.

Senator Akpabio is apparently unhappy with this strides and has engaged his media handlers to disparage the successes recorded by Governor Emmanuel. Jackson Udom, Special Assistant to Senator Akpabio on Media surreptitiously acted out this script thus:“This is the rice produced in Akwa Ibom State, but has Adamawa state on the bag….”. This misrepresentation is mendacity taken too far.

But Governor Udom Emmanuel is unruffled; he is determined to ensuring the prosperity of all Akwa Ibom indigene, in line with the vision of the forbears of the state.

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