A socio-cultural organisation in Akwa Ibom State, Ati Annang, is to partner Akwa Ibom State government in its industrialisation drive.
In a communique issued at the end of its first international convention in London, the foundation commended the Mr Udom Emmanuel -led administration in its efforts to industrialise the state.
The foundation, therefore, offered itself as a ready partner with the current administration in the state, especially in identifying willing investors for its industrialisation drive.
It further advised the state government to ensure equity in the location of identified industries, infrastructure and other services to ensure even spread of development projects across the state.
Also, the foundation stressed its continuous commitment to execution of life-impacting projects for the benefit of its people and embark on several projects, including but not limited to award of scholarships to deserving indigent students in tertiary institutions, the provision of Back Packs with relevant school materials for pupils in primary schools, provision of diabetes and blood pressure screening, among others.
It will be recalled that the foundation, during its last annual general meeting (AGM), awarded 100 scholarships to students from various tertiary institutions and also donated Back Packs to pupils in over 50 primary schools in the state.
The Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on the occasion, called on various governments in Nigeria and, indeed, Africa, to devote more of budgetary provisions towards capital projects.
Speaking on the topic. “Addressing Africa’s infrastructural deficit – The Akwa Ibom example,” he noted that during his tenure as governor in the state, he consistently budgeted 80 per cent or more for capital expenditure and 20 per cent or less for recurrent, while deploying global practices in project management.
Earlier, the chairman of the convention, Mr Paul Usoro, had commended Ati Annang for its life -impacting projects to the less privileged people of the state and urged the foundation to remain focus in delivering on its aims and objectives.
Also, the international president of the foundation, Sir Udo Kieran, reiterated the organisation’s resolve to continue lending itself as a platform for Annang sons and daughters both home and abroad to render selfless services to the people
Kieran said that the organisation had recently identified opportunities for tertiary institutions in the state to obtain free on-line educational materials which are used by universities globally