Uyo - The Akwa Ibom Government have so far trained about 4,500 women in commercial agriculture under the Women Agro-Empowerment Development Programme in the state.
Godwin Afangideh, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Uyo.
Afangideh said the present administration was committed and determined to develop the agriculture sector in the state.
"We have trained and empowered about 4,500 women with the sum of N250,000 each for commercial agriculture under the women agro-empowerment development programme in agriculture.
"This will let us explore, use available opportunities and resources to thrive and develop the agriculture sector of the state and country,’’ he said.
The commissioner also said 4,000 youths were trained with N500,000 each under the integrated farming scheme across the state.
He said the state government had provided land for people to boost the industrial sector in the state.
Afangideh said the policy thrust of Gov. Godswill Akpabio’s administration was to create an enabling environment for industrialisation in order to provide employment opportunities for the youths in the state.
"The governor is excited and interested in agriculture’s development. But we also have industrial estates in Uyo, Eket, Ikot-Abasi and Ikot Ekpene Local Government Areas (LGAs), as well as abundant land for those who want to set up an industry,’’ he said.
The commissioner also said when the 191 megawatts Ibom Power Plant (IPP) project was completed, it would help in driving the industrialisation process of the state.
On the development of infrastructure, he said the present state government had built four flyover bridges and 28 other bridges in the state in the last six years.
Afangideh said Akwa Ibom has the best road network among states in the South-South part of the country.
The commissioner said about 1,600 communities have also been linked to the National Power Grid, adding that about 87 per cent of the communities are connected to electricity in the state.