Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel stated in Akwa that:
“We’ve created an environment for people to come in and invest, we are calling on other investors, other Chinese companies that are here, let them come we will collaborate we will make sure they invest in Akwa Ibom and reap returns on their investment,”
He thanked the Chinese firm for collaborating with the state government, adding that the park will be one of the best in Africa when completed.
He also assured the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Chu Mac Ming, who was present at the event, of the state government’s readiness to ensure the completion of the science park, while calling on youths of the state to take advantage of the project to create wealth through their creativity.
Speaking at the event, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state and progenitor of the science park project, Obong Victor Attah, expressed delight over Governor Emmanuel’s adoption and expansion of the project.
“I have come here because I feel really fulfilled and I have come to thank Governor Udom Emmanuel, not just because he has revived what I know is going to be a life-transforming project, but because in so doing, he has brought an end to that era of destructive politicking whereby we turn our backs on the projects of our predecessors.
“That for me is a landmark lesson for Akwa Ibom people to learn, particularly those who are seeking office,” Attah said.
Also speaking, Chinese envoy, Chu Mac Ming lauded the investment potentials existing in Akwa Ibom and assured of the Chinese government’s readiness to partner the state in the development of its economy ranging from aviation, education, technology, rail and seaport development.
Ming assured that Chinese companies operating in Nigeria would always exhibit best practices and render quality services.
Meanwhile, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has commended Governor Udom Emmanuel on his food sufficiency programme in Akwa Ibom.