Mr Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State was on Thursday night honoured as the Best Governor in Nigeria in Industrialization and Foreign Direct Investments 2018 by Independent Newspapers in Lagos.
The award ceremony which took place at the Eko Hotels, Lagos also had other prominent Nigerians like Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, the Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as well as the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi conferred with awards in several categories.
Emmanuel who was represented at the award ceremony by his commissioner for information and strategy, Mr Charles Udoh said the honour was dedicated to Akwa Ibom people who cooperated with him to ensure the state is safe and conducive for Investments to thrive.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in 2017 and 2018 listed Akwa Ibom as one of the five states and the Federal Capital Territory being the most investor-friendly in the country.
The NBS also said during the period, the state attracted capital importation of $18.361 million, a 27.75 per cent improvement over the previous year’s figure, noting that it was experiencing rapid economic transformation, much faster than the Nigerian average, with quality of life index growing more than 300 per cent.
Governor Emmanuel within 4 years attracted and facilitated big factories and industries to his state, including the Syringe Manufacturing Factory (largest in Africa), PencilProduction Factory, ToothpickProduction Factory, Electric Digital Metering Solutions Manufacturing Factory, Peacock Paint Factory, Fertilizer Blending Factory, Plastic Manufacturing Factory, Rice Mill and several others.
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