Ibom Science Park to be completed soon… as AKSG set to Sign MoU with Investors
By Anietie Esu
Hope has been restored in the completion of the abandoned Ibom Science Park as Akwa Ibom State Government is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU ) with SERGE Capital Investments Company Limited.
Governor Udom Emmanuel who dropped the hint, Monday, in a meeting with a consortium of foreign investors, SERGE Company, said the MoU would be signed after all the t’s and i’s must have been crossed and dotted, stressing that the completion of the project remained sacrosanct.
Represented by the Secretary to State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, himself an entrepreneur of high repute and ICT guru, the Governor commended the investors for their readiness to partner Akwa Ibom state government in the “development ” and “operations” of the Science Park, describing the partnership as a “healthy” development.
He expressed appreciation to the company for partnering with the state government to help him achieve his dream of making the state the industrial hub of Africa.
“We look forward to a very good partnership between you (SERGE company ) and the government of Akwa Ibom State.
“Akwa Ibom State government is firmly committed to the development of the Science Park. The science park is very dear to our heart. Ibom Science Park became a member of International Association of Science Park (IASP ) very early”, the governor stated.
The State Chief Executive who described the Science Park as a very well conceived and well thought out project of international standard assured of the cooperation and support of the state government.
According to him, the international Community, Akwa Ibom State Government and the Nigerian ICT industry are deeply committed to the realisation of the park.
The governor said the completion of the project is in line with the job creation and industrialisation programmes of his administration as hinged in his 5-point agenda, gearing towards taking the youth off the streets and make them to live more meaningful lives.
The President of SERGE Investments company, Mr Greg Todd pledged the readiness of the company to pull investors across the world to the state to do business at the science park.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Essien said SERGE company made up of structural Engineers was in the SSG’s office to update the state government on the steps taken so far by the company in terms of assessment and evaluation of the park before the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.
The meeting, held at the SSG’S Office, was graced by the Permanent Secretary, SSG’s Office, Mrs Eno Offiong, mni and the Director of Administration, Dr Mfon Uwe, among others.