A’Ibom Eyes Turkish Investors On Green House project

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A’Ibom Eyes Partnership with Turkish Investors On Green House project

Akwa Ibom State Government is ready to partner Turkish investors in a bid to further improve yields from the Green House and enhance agricultural revolution in the state.

Governor Umo Eno gave the indication today when he stopped to inspect ongoing cultivation at the Green House at the Victor Attah International Airport.

The governor who undertook the exercise alongside the representative of Direkci Group, a Turkish Firm specializing in Agri-business, said the move is aimed at boosting the state economy and ensuring food security in line with the A.R.I.S.E. AGENDA of his government.

“Agriculture is the next phase of what we should be doing. We take it very seriously on our A.R.I.S.E. Agenda. I came here before if you can remember. And I looked at the farm and gave some instructions, we are working on it. But we must get investors.

“I have said that Government is just to set the enabling environment, support new business and allow them to run on a private scale.

“That’s where you can be sure of having something right.

‘Ibom Air is a classical example of a business owned hundred percent by the Government but is into private professional hands where professionalism comes to play. That is the same thing we believe we must do to this Green House.

“So we have here with us an investor who I have been speaking with. He is doing something very good in Jigawa, wonderful green houses and other businesses he is doing.

“So I had to look at what he is doing in Jigawa State and invited him. And look I have bigger space, good weather conditions, even though you don’t need good weather condition in green houses, but it will help so you don’t put so much into infrastructures.

“Let him come, look at it and then we will discuss. The intention is that he will bring his team. Some of his engineers are arriving and then they will take a look at everything and give us a proposal, then we will take up from there. That’s why we are here.

On his part, the CEO of Direkci Group, Mr Mehmet Direkci commended Governor Eno for his visionary leadership and sincere interest in agriculture, adding that his company’s involvement will not only improve yields but will train the people in Agri business to be able to operate within a certain period.

 

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