The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has said his administration is committed to ensuring food security in the state.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Udo, said this was why the governor recently inaugurated the Improved Cassava Stem Plantation in Okobo Local Government Area of the state.
The venture was established by FEYReP, the pet project of the governor’s wife, Mrs. Martha Emmanuel, the statement added.
At the event, Mr. Emmanuel said he was glad to be part of the project as agriculture was the “quickest and highest employer of labour,” saying that a lot of industries would thrive where there were raw materials.
He said apart from cassava production, his administration would also establish a ranch at Uruan, which would accommodate about a herd of 2,000 cattle from Mexico.
He said that the process of acquiring the cattle from the South American country was underway and that his government would stop at nothing to ensure availability of fresh milk for the people of the state.
The governor also said he had kept his promise of providing electricity for the residents of Okobo community after several years of darkness.
Earlier, Mrs. Emmanuel said the project was in line with her husband’s initiative of returning people to the farm, thereby enhancing food sufficiency in the state.