=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === Approximately 1300 direct jobs are expected to be generated for the youths in Akwa Ibom State when the St. Gabriel’s Coconut factory becomes fully operational in September this year.
This was disclosed by Governor Udom Emmanuel on Friday while inspecting the installation of production lines at the Coconut Factory located in Mkpat Enin, Akwa Ibom State, expressing satisfaction at the level of work by the project contractors, VKS, noting that the project will not only employ 1300 jobs for youths, but will also have more than 3000 others employed indirectly.
While noting that the project will also provide technology transfer from the foreign experts to Akwa Ibom people while boosting the economy in the State, the governor assured Akwa Ibom people that his agricultural investments will generate raw materials to feed the factory, hinting that Akwa Palm in Esit Eket will be re-activated to boost supply at the factory.
Emmanuel blamed the delay in completion of the project to the outbreak of Covid-19, imploring the youths in Mkpat Enin to support government’s industrialization programmes and protect the facility against hoodlums and vandals.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The factory will provide numerous employment opportunities, while other companies will be attracted towards acquiring the products and the by-products churned out from its production line. With a capacity of processing 300,000 coconuts per shift, which will produce 66 tons in a day from three shift of production, while employing 300 people to work in a shift, the factory is a win-win for the state.