Senior Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State on Due Process and Technical Matters, Ufot Ebong, yesterday said that Governor Udom Emmanuel will flag off a toothpick and pencil manufacturing company in the state towards the end of November 2016.
Ebong, who is also the Coordinator, Akwa Ibom Enterprise and Employment Scheme (AKEES), gave the hint yesterday during a press conference to open a month-long special accountability programme of AKEES, projected under campaign tagged #AkeesSoFar.
“The container bringing the machinery has just arrived Tin Can Island,” Ebong announced. The senior special assistant, while reeling out the list of few of the businesses impacted by AKEES, picked out a particular enterprise started by young Akwa Ibom people under AKEES that charges N3,000 per year to polish shoes for individuals.
He said that although the amount they charged was friendly, they have the capacity to sign up over 100,000 beneficiaries of their service, which would make them millionaires in an ingenious business initiative.
Ebong said: “My aim is that whenever there is a political rally in the state, Akwa Ibom youths will not be present. When I’m asked, I will say, they are too busy to come. They are at work. And that is what the Governor wants.”