The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio has announced that as part of the industrialization program of his administration, a Methanol plant estimated to cost $1.8billion is to be established in the state.
The Governor made this known during the Town Hall Forum at the 27th Annual Convention of Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria, AKISAN, held in Scottsdale, Arizona , USA,
He said that President Goodluck Jonathan would perform the ground breaking ceremony for the project on Thursday 14 August.
Chief Godswill Akpabio while calling on Akwa Ibom people at home and in the diaspora to eschew ethnicity and join hands to build a state that will meet the expectations of its founding fathers, insisted that no enduring legacy can be built on the platform of ethnicity.
Chief Akpabio enumerated the achievements recorded by his administration in the past seven years and said though he has not done all he would have loved to do, he was happy that he would leave Akwa Ibom far better than he met it.
He said that at the end of his tenure he would leave behind strong legacies that must be maintained by his successor for the sustained development of the state.
In the area of health care, Chief Akpabio said that the 300-bed Specialist hospital located at Ekit Itam was nearing completion ,stating that over 400 health professionals would be engaged, out of which 157 will be sourced from outside Nigeria. He urged Akwa Ibom people in the diaspora who have the required expertise to return and serve in the hospital which he said would be run at international standard with attractive remunerations.
Chief Akpabio commended the leadership and members of AKISAN for holding the annual convention to bring Akwa Ibom people together.
In his welcome address the National President of AKISAN Mr Emmanuel Isong thanked governor Akpabio for his consistent support to the organisation since his assumption of office. He said he had worked hard to unite Akwa Ibom people and open more chapters of AKISAN in the USA He expressed optimism that the relationship of the organisation with the government would continue to blossom in the years to come.
Governor Akpabio was accompanied by some members of the national assembly, Speaker and members of the state House of Assembly, Secretary to the state government, Mr Udom Emmanuel, Commissioners, State Chairman of PDP, Obong Paul Ekpo, political and business leaders, local government chairmen as well as other stakeholders