From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
In a move to actualize his industrial policy with a view to broadening the economic base of the state and provide jobs for teeming unemployed youths, Governor Udom Emmanuel has unfolded plans to construct a crude oil refinery that would drill 100,000 barrels crude oil per day.
The governor said the venture would be another milestone in the implementation of the on-going industrial policy of his administration, explaining that on starting construction, the expected host community would be required to give protection to the influx of expatriate investors.
Emmanuel noted with concern that a section of youths has taken it as a stock in trade to block the gates of multinational oil firms, particularly that of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) at Ibeno and asked the leadership of the traditional institution to shoulder the responsibility of advising youths to refrain from such action.
He regretted that at various instances, his administration has unduly spent valuable moments of state governance in solving unrelated issues between the oil companies and youth bodies and called for an end to youth unrest instigated to amplify internal problems of oil companies in the state.
The governor told the royal fathers and youths that the success of the on-going policy of industrialisation was tied to the availability of a peaceful environment, calling for an undivided interest and representation in the protection of entrepreneurial experts and natural resources in the overall interest of their state.
He stated that the new spirit of “Dakkada” has to be imbibed in the ideals of collective support to serve and to bring Akwa Ibom to greater heights through effective partnership with expatriates.