The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly (AKHA) has lauded the approach of Gov Udom Emmanuel in the agricultural sector in ensuring food sufficiency in the state.
At an oversight visit of the members of the House Committee on Agriculture to the Green House project along Airport Road in Uyo recently, the committee led by the chairman, Mr Asuquo Nana Udo, commended the governor for embarking on various programmes aimed at impacting on the lives of the people positively, saying that they want the state government to do more in the area of agriculture.
Udo, who is the member for Ikono State Constituency, who spoke on behalf of members of the committee, lauded the government for working to improve the quality and reduce the prices of vegetables in the state.
"Before now, we heard that the green house was being managed by an external company, but we have just been told today that it is being managed single-handedly by the state government through the Ministry of Agriculture, so we are proud of you, Udo stated.
The member for Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Elder Aniekan Uko, who is also a member of the committee, urged the state government to replicate the green house project in other parts of the state, saying that it will boost the agricultural sector.
"I want to urge the state government to see how this can be replicated in other parts of the state. We have a lot of land mass in the state and this can be done in other local government areas with different crops, I think that it will really boost the agricultural sector, Uko said.
The commissioner for agriculture and women affairs, Dr Glory Edet, who led members of the committee round the green house said the state government was practical in its approach to agriculture, maintaining that the current administration has through its various agriculture initiatives reduced poverty as well as ensured food sufficiency.
She noted that the green house project was one of the major agricultural projects which the government will not toy with, calling on the people to make good use of the arable land in the state to improve their socio-economic conditions.
"I want to thank Gov. Udom Emmanuel for the green house project. Before now, the state partnered some investors, but what you have seen here today is done specifically by the Ministry of Agriculture. We believe in practical agriculture.
"We are backing up all we say with actions. I want to encourage all Akwa Ibom people that they should go back to farming, Edet stated.
The commissioner recalled that initially they planted only tomatoes at the green house, adding that they have introduced other vegetables to include pepper and cucumber and have also reserved other green house spaces for onions.
Other members of the committee who were in attendance include member for Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo State Constituency, Mr Uduak Ududoh; member for Nsit Ubium State Constituency, Mr Otobong Bob; member for Ibiono Ibom State Constituency, Mr Godwin Ekpo; member for Nsit Ibom State Constituency, Mr Ifiok Udoh and staff of the Ministry of Agriculture among others.