In fulfilment of his campaign promise to change the narrative of the state from a civil service state to an industrial hub within the Gulf of Guinea, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel on Wednesday, performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the multi-billion dollar Petrochemical and fertilizer company, Sterling Petro-Chemicals and Fertilizer Production Factory, in Eastern Obolo LGA.
The project is between the Akwa Ibom State Government and SPFL Developers for the purpose of setting up the Petrochemical and Fertilizer Production Factory, in line with the Federal Government National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP).
The flag-off of the project which commenced with a ground-breaking ceremony was jointly performed by the Akwa Ibom state governor and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike CON, at the project site which spans the four communities of Okoroinyong, Obianga, Egwenwe and Ikonta in Eastern Obolo Local Government Area.
Addressing the gathering, Governor Udom Emmanuel reiterated his administration’s determination to turn the swamps of Eastern Obolo into an industrial hub, stating that this underscores his commitment to rural and riverine areas development, as a critical component of his administration’s 8-point agenda.
“When we were campaigning for our second term in office, we said we were going to give a lot of attention to the rural and riverine areas that have been cut off in the past and that are what we are doing here”, Governor Emmanuel stated.