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A’Ibom gov tasks tertiary institutions on research, ICT

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Jesusegun Alagbe

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has charged tertiary institutions on coming up with groundbreaking researches, saying this will boost the economic development of the country.

Emmanuel said this recently while inaugurating some projects at the Obio Akpa Campus of Akwa Ibom State University, a statement said.

The projects included a digital language library, a palm oil mill, a feeds mill, a vegetable screen house, a studio for Mass Communication students and an arts theatre.

On the agricultural projects, Emmanuel commended the management of the institution, which used to be a College of Agriculture, saying they were keying into his vision of economic diversification.

He said through the development, the state would become a “viable” exporter of agricultural products.

Earlier, the vice-chancellor of the school, Prof. Eno Ibanga, commended the state government, saying the provision of the facilities had enhanced the accreditation of programmes in the institution.

He added that the investments, particularly in agriculture, would enhance food sufficiency in the state and help in generating income for the university.

Similarly, the governor had advised universities in the country to adopt Information and Computer Technology and be guided by the realities of a 21st century technology-driven world.

He stated this in his keynote addresses at the second and third convocation ceremonies of the Akwa Ibom State University, Obio Akpa and Ikot Akpaden campuses respectively.

Emmanuel said his government had already started walking the talk by sending some youths abroad to learn and equip themselves with “critical skills that would make them drivers of the state’s industrialisation process.”

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