The Governor Udom Emmanuel-led Akwa Ibom State Government has approved the establishment of a 50-hectare Coconut plantation in each of the 31 Local Government Areas and cultivation of 300 coconut stands in 230 secondary schools in the state to provide raw materials for the state coconut refinery.
The State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Charles Udoh made this known while briefing Government House Correspondents after a meeting of the State Executive Council presided over by the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel at the Council Chamber, Government House, Uyo.
He said that the decision was in line with the commitment of Udom Emmanuel-led administration to move the state from a mono oil-driven economy to an agro-based economy.
According to him , “the Council has approved that coconut plantations be established in each of the 31 local government areas of the state. The coconut plantation would serve as a feeder to the coconut refinery that the state government is also pushing as part of its industrialization agenda.
“….we anticipate that it’s easier to have more of those raw materials dotting the landscape of the state when each local government area earmarks at least 50 hectres of land for coconut cultivation”.
He added that “Exco has also given approval that the 230 secondary schools in the state should also set up coconut plantations with each of the schools having about 300 stands within the school premises. The whole idea is to ensure that the coconut refinery under construction will not be lacking in raw materials when it is fully operational”.