M-D-As expresses optimism at the ongoing 2017 Capital Estimates presentation

The Commissioner for Economic Development, Dr. Emmanuel Ating Onwioduokit has expressed optimism that the State’s economy would emerge stronger in the medium term, given the new direction and orientation the ministry is providing at the Bilateral Discussions of the 2017 Capital Budget.
He stated this at the ongoing 2017 Capital Estimates presentation of Ministries, Departments and Agencies(M-D-As).
The Commissioner said that in line with Governor Udom Emmanuel’s capital economic development agenda, specific sectors of the economy have been identified as key growth drivers of the economy in 2017.
The Commissioner noted that during economic recession, as currently experienced in the country, one of the ways to quickly come out of recession was to re-direct the economy, which the 2017 budget aims to achieve.
Presenting his Ministry’s 2017 Estimates, the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Aniekan Akpan said his Ministry will be targeting the provision of ICT facilities in secondary schools and improvement in infrastructure to enhance learning in schools.
Mr. Akpan said an ICT Laboratory would be established in each school across the ten Federal Constituencies of the state by 2017.
The Commissioner said already laptops have been provided to some Primary Schools while fifty computers have also been given to Government Technical College, Abak through an M-O-U signed under the Federal Government’s Universal Education Fund Programme.
Also, while presenting his budget highlights, the Chairman, Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation, AKICORP, Dr. Elijah Akpan, stated that Small and Medium Scale Enterprises S-M-S-E would be encouraged to thrive more to be able to drive the economy of the state.
He disclosed plans by the Bank of Industry to promote funding for industries in the state, and to reactivate moribund ones like the Akwa Palms, Qua Steel and Quality Ceramics, while money would also be invested in existing companies which are not currently doing so well.
Dr. Akpan said failure to release funds for the projects have slowed down the industrial progress of the state.
Others who presented their estimates where the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, State Universal Basic Education Board S-U-B-E-B, Office of the Accountant General, Life Enhancement Agency, Land Use and Allocation Committee and the Bureau of Technical Matters.

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