In continuation of its drive to attract foreign direct investment and create wealth, the Akwa Ibom State Government has signed a partnership agreement for the cultivation of bamboo in the state with the World Bamboo Organization. The State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel signed a partnership agreement with the President of the World Bamboo Organization, Mr Michael Abadie at Government House,Uyo.
During the ceremony, Governor Emmanuel disclosed that different species of bamboo exist in the state and that with the arable land, adequate rainfall and suitable climate in Akwa Ibom, the state is poised for commercial bamboo cultivation in pursuance of one of the cardinal objectives of his administration which is to create wealth and bring prosperity to the people.
The Governor promised to provide 1,000 hectares of land against the 600 hectares requested by 7 Star Bamboo Manufacturing Company Limited, for the cultivation of bamboo, while thanking the visiting team for considering Akwa Ibom worthy of the collaboration which he described as divine. He also expressed appreciation to his guests for the invitation to the World Bamboo Conference holding in Mexico by August next year, and indicated his willingness to speak at the Conference.
Speaking earlier, the President, World Bamboo Organization, Mr Michael Abadie, had expressed pleasure to share in the willingness of Governor Emmanuel to develop bamboo in the state. Mr Abadie noted that Governor Emmanuel is the first Governor in Africa to sign such partnership agreement, and described bamboo as an extraordinary plant whose cultivation will be a legacy in the future given its numerous benefits.