Special Micro Finance Bank Underway To Boost Agric In A’Ibom

The Akwa Ibom government has disclosed plans to float a bank to enhance support for farmers in the state. It will be called Ibom FADAMA Micro-Finance Bank.
Gov Udom Emmanuel said this, Monday, during the opening ceremony of a two-day retreat on inter-agency agricultural investments organized by the Akwa Ibom Agricultural Investment Directorate at the Signature by Royalty, Uyo.
Emmanuel said already the enlarged executive council meeting recently has taken up deliberations on the matter.
He explained that his administration took the decision of creating a separate agency for food sufficiency to address the significance of making food and raw materials available to the rising population and upcoming cottage industries in the state, stressing that there was urgent need for the agency to prove itself using available expertise and training provided by the state.
Emmanuel tasked inter-governmental agencies on agriculture to initiate proactive and creative researches to justify huge investments meant to feed the teeming population of the state.
The governor said that there were several opportunities at the disposal of the agencies on agricultural services to make investments by accepting the infusion of prevailing wave of innovations to be part of the daily activities, adding that the abundant natural resources are capable of being harnessed to the needed financial needs of families and the state.
He said his administration looks forward to seeing more tangible results of investments in agriculture and match other competitors, remarking that the state technical committee on agriculture has the obligation to broaden skills of personnel in agriculture beyond the present standards.
The commissioner for agriculture and women affairs, Dr Glory Edet, appreciated the Emmanuel-led administration for the timely gesture of approving the hosting of the retreat, describing the response as a demonstration of commitment and passion towards food sufficiency in the state.
Edet said the retreat was organised to ensure the productivity of agricultural agency's personnel and streamline relevant roles of stakeholders in agricultural services, while also ensuring further encouragement of investments in the sector.
The chairman, State Technical Committee on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Professor Edet Udoh, said the vision of making investments in agriculture a priority of the Emmanuel administration has received wide commendations, remarking that the contributions of the various stakeholders have given Akwa Ibom an edge in food production.
Udoh noted that the successes recorded by Akwa Ibom government in agriculture have helped in attracting investors, saying, "We've moved from food availability to food adequacy, now we're heading to food sufficiency".


    No Comment

Leave a reply

  • About Us

    From the beautiful 'Land of Promise', was born, in 1988, The Pioneer Newspapers. With presence in Lagos, Abuja and deep penetration in the South-South states of Nigeria, Pioneer Newspaper is standing out. Published three times a week - for extended durability and far reaching exposure, under the titles: The Pioneer (every Mondays), Midweek Pioneer (every Wednesdays), and Weekend Pioneer (every Fridays); these Pioneer titles, published by AKNC (Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation) provides you with News and other information you need to know on happenings across Nigeria and on the international scene, and with certain attention to a state in Nigeria that is after God’s heart, and is named after God; this is talking about Akwa Ibom State, also known as 'The Land of Promise.'

  • Flicker Gallery

    • PIONEER AT 30
    • Mr Udoh Charles
    • A Former Marketing Manager of AKNC, Mr Patrick Essien; the art editor, Mr Umoh Anwana(middle) and Mr Dominic Akpan were in attendance
    • Gov Udom Emmanuel (right) receiving a sculpture gift from the president of Ibom Patriots, Obong Bassey Inuaeyen, during a courtesy visit to the governor at Government House, Uyo, recently.
							Photo: Anthony Uduak.
    • R-L: The Akwa Ibom governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, PDP national chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and secretary, Senator Ben Obi, during the flag-off of the PDP campaign for December 2017 local government election in Akwa Ibom.	Photo: Anthony Uduak.
    • The wife of Akwa Ibom governor, Mrs Martha Emmanuel (right), receiving a souvenir from Cross River State governor, Professor Benedict Ayade during Southern Governors’ Wives Forum (SGWF) meeting in Cross River State recently.  			Photo: Enobong Essien
    • Gov Udom Emmanuel (right), presenting a plaque to the  pro-chancellor and chairman of Governing Council of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Professor Austin Awujo during  a courtesy visit on him at Government House, Uyo, recently.		Photo courtesy: Anthony Uduak
    • The national chairman, Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi (left), discussing with the state PDP chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo (right), during the flag-off of the PDP campaign for  December 2017 local government election in Akwa Ibom.	Photo: Anthony Uduak.
    • The speaker, Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Barr Onofiok Luke (right) and his deputy, Princess Felicia Bassey,  during the flag-off of the PDP campaign for December 2017 local government election in Akwa Ibom.	Photo: Anthony Uduak.
    • The Akwa Ibom commissioner for information and strategy, Mr Charles Udoh, addressing prefects in public secondary schools across the three senatorial districts of Akwa Ibom during a 3-day leadership and behavioural ethics training at Community Secondary School, Aka Offot.
  • Twitter