By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Government at the Executive Council Meeting held on Thursday, has declared August 21, 2021 as the State Coconut Day.
The Day, government said, would be when 300,000 nuts will be planted to boost coconut production in preparation for the start of operation of the coconut oil refinery in the state.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong disclosed this in a release after the meeting held at the Exco Chambers, Government House, Uyo.
The Exco also announced that the Ikot Oku Ikono flyover built built by Governor Udom Emmanuel would be commissioned on July 16, 2021 by noon.
Similarly, the state government has pegged the maximum age of 12 years for admission of students into public school in the state as part of effort to curb cultism in Secondary School.
Any child above 12 years of age, who would go for admission in public secondary schools, will be admitted upon his or her parents signing an undertaking to be of good behaviour if admitted.
“Since education is free in the state, the maximum age for admission into secondary schools has been pegged at 12 years, to curb the cultism surge in secondary schools.
“Investigation has revealed that the surge is caused mainly by over-aged students who are on a mission of mass recruitment of students into cult groups.
“However, any student above this age with a genuine reason, will have their parents sign an undertaking of good behaviour, before their admission,” government stated.
The meeting which took other decisions also, was presided over by the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel and had the commissioners as well as other Exco Members in attendance.