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Akwa Ibom upbeat ahead of inaugural oil conference

25 September 2013, 10:41Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Federal Government has expressed its commitment to the successful hosting of the first International Palm Oil Produce Conference.

The event is scheduled for Uyo in the Akwa Ibom State next month.

Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Samuel Ortom, said that the Ministry will partner with the Akwa Ibom State Government and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the successful hosting of the conference, which seeks to expose participants to different investment opportunities in the palm oil sector.

He commended the administration for its commitment and willingness to host participants from home and abroad to brainstorm on the challenges as well as prospects in the sector.

“The conference will among other things harness the activities of plantation owners, processors, researchers, investors and marketers with a view to utilizing their efforts towards efficient and effective practice to improve investment opportunities,” said Ortom.

He was confident of a successful event.

“There is no reason for us to fail on this assignment. Some of those things that would have been a challenge have already being taken care of by the Akwa Ibom State Government,” said Artom.

The Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Joseph Apanisile, said the committee would work closely with the Akwa Ibom State Government to guarantee the successful hosting of the conference.

Apanisile added the committee would ensure the exhibition of relevant products and equipment during the conference.

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Martyns Udo-Inyang assured the committee of the readiness of the State Government to host the conference.

“I am impressed and optimistic that the quality and diversity of the stakeholders in the committee will bring success to the event. I believe that in the near future palm produce will replace oil and create jobs, wealth and alleviate poverty in Nigeria,” he said.

- CAJ News


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