By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), has been given prominence for critical infrastructure in line with the development plan of the state government for the institution.
The state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel at the State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, announced an award of contracts worth three billion Naira (N3b) to provide projects and emplace critical infrastructure in the two campuses of the University.
“Council was notified of award of projects to the tune of 3Billion Naira to the Akwa Ibom State University, through the intervention of the Governor. The projects are to provide critical infrastructure in the university in line with the strategic development plan of the State Government for the University,” he said.
In the same way, the Council announced preparation to adopt a comprehensive scholarship proposal for undergraduate and post graduate students.
The proposal also created special packages for some professional courses and signposted the need for strategic scholarship awards in the areas of aviation, maritime, science and technology, in view of the opportunities these areas offer and the state current comparative advantage.
On government’s industrialisation policy, Governor Emmanuel hinted that a lot of mega investment activities will birth in the state soon and directed Commissioners and Special Advisers to interface with youths and community leaders in their jurisdictions to cooperate with the investors when they arrive.
According to the governor, these investments will help reduce the unemployment problem in thestate.
The council, however, deliberated on the proposal for the state’s involvement and beneficial participation in the Liberty Oil and Gas Free Zone presented by Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Prince Akpabio who was directed to incorporate the suggestion of members and re-present at the next meeting.
Governor Emmanuel admonished members to apply diligence in all their official endeavours in order to increase efficiency, produce better results and curb unnecessary errors.