Champion Breweries, Host Communities Sign MOU With Akwa Ibom

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Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State

From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
Host Communities of the only viable, Akwa Ibom State-owned industry, Champion Breweries, have signed Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the state government to ensure that the company operates in a violence and rancour free and conducive environment.
The communities are Aka Offot, Nung Oku, Afaha Ikot Obio Nkan and Itiam Ikot Ebia. The agreement takes effect from January 2016.
The agreement was signed on behalf of the state government by the executive chairman, Akwa Ibom Industrial Corporation (AKICORP) while the Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of AKICORP, Barr Emmuel Umoh witnessed for the state government.
Barristers Sylvester Sylvester Akpan and Abasi Odiong Ekpeyong appended as witnesses for the four communities. Two representation each from the villages signed on behalf of their communities.
Addressing the signatories of the document, Chairman, AKICORP, Dr. Elijah Akpan, said industrialization or any meaningful development of a given community or states thrived in an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence, fairness and equality.
Dr. Akpan, who is also the chairman Board of Directors of champion Breweries Plc, reminded the people of the five-point agenda of the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration which include health care and job creation, poverty reduction and political and economic infusion.
He described as unacceptable any plan by a group of persons to marginalize Akwa Ibom people which is not part of the agenda.
The AKICORP chief solicited the cooperation of the host and would be host community not only of Champion Breweries Plc and existing banks, but all the soon-to-be established industries and banks in the state.
Dr. Akpan urged the people of the state to always accommodate their neighbouring communities and expressed optimism that investors will flourish in Aka Offot industrial/banking layout with more industries.
Managing Director, Champion Breweries Plc, Mr. Sharm Kulkarni, lauded the AKICORP chief for recording a landslide victory through the signing of the vital document.

The MD, who spoke through Barr. Okon Ekong, reassured the host communities of his company’s commitment to fulfilling its corporate social responsibility to them and called on the relevant parties to respect the agreement, justice, equality, devoid of rancour, restiveness or violence
Eteidung Franks Morgan and Eteidung Clement Ekong, village heads of Aka Offot and Nung Oku respectively, had expressed appreciation to the state government for the agreement aimed at ensuring progress and development of their communities and the state in general.
They expressed their readiness and that of their subjects to embrace the accord and comply with the conditions contained in the MOU towards ensuring peace and togetherness in their domains as a means of encouraging government’s effort on industrialization.

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