The Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Essien has disclosed that work will soon commence at Ibom Science Park towards its completion as a Science Park of international standard.
Prof. Essien dropped the hint in an enlarged meeting with a consortium of foreign investors led by a representative of SERGE Capital Investments Company Limited and the management of Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation (AKICORP).
He commended the investors for their noble initiative to invest in the Science Park which is seated in a free trade zone and assured them of the cooperation of his Ministry and relevant government agencies in fast tracking the procedures for them to move to site without delay.
Prof. Essien who said Akwa Ibom people have been very passionate about the Science Park called on the people to continue to keep hope alive by supporting the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel as the Governor is committed to the transformation of the State into a global ICT hub.
He said with the initiative, the completion of the Science Park project which was started in 2006 will place the State in the international scene in science, technology and innovation and promised the youths of the State that they will be beneficiaries of the digital evolution going on around the world.
The leader of the team, Mr. David MclLwrath said SERGE Capital Investments Company Limited is ready to pull investors across the world to Akwa Ibom to do business at the Science Park which they intend to resume construction as soon as documentation is completed.
He expressed the hope that with the reputation of Akwa Ibom State as a centre of excellence in Nigeria and the status of the Science Park as a free trade zone, doing business there will be a worthy venture.
Mr. MclLwrath who said SERGE Capital Investments Company Limited is an Australian Company in partnership with Chinese and Nigerian firms thanked the State Government for the opportunity to invest in the State.
On his part, the Executive Chairman of Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation (AKICORP), Dr. Elijah Akpan said the completion of Ibom Science Park will bring a lot of investment opportunities to the people, enhance capacity building and exposure to technology.
He expressed gratitude to the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Essien and management of the Ministry for partnering AKICORP to midwife the investment deal.
Meanwhile, the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Engr. Richard Ekpe has charged workers of the Ministry to continue to exhibit the ethos of punctuality, cleanliness, discipline, decorum and dedication to duty, as a way of reciprocating the priority attention the State government has given to welfare of the workforce.
Engr. Ekpe who gave the charge while addressing the staff during his maiden meeting with them advised them to acquire the Civil Service Handbook to study the rules in order to keep abreast of the ethics of the service. He also admonished the staff to approach their assigned duties with diligence and utmost dedication in order to ensure that the Ministry fulfills it’s ministerial mandate.
Engr. Richard Ekpe was until his appointment as Permanent Secretary by the State Governor, Director of Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture.