Governor Udom Emmanuel has expressed optimism that the commencement of the $1.4b fertilizer plant project in Akwa Ibom State by OCP Africa will have a positive impact on agricultural products as well as create a viable economic chain in the State.
The governor made this known while receiving a delegation of leading global provider of phosphate, OCP Africa, led by its managing director, Mohamed Hettiti, on a courtesy visit to him on Wednesday at Government House, Uyo.
The governor, who particularly thanked OCP AFRICA for visiting the host communities, noted that it was a right step in the right direction indicating the take-off of the project.
He assured them of the state government’s readiness to keep to its part of the bargain.
Governor Emmanuel noted that people in the state, especially farmers, stand to benefit a lot from the project as OCP Africa would ensure necessary education for farmers on fertilizer needs and best practices.
He said the project would berth a huge investment in agriculture, partnering farmers, distributors and stakeholders to foster a thriving agriculture system.
“Let me appreciate all the partners in this project. This is a big project outside the ammonia and fertilizer; you heard the MD OCP, Africa mentioned fertilizer and we have a whole lot to do in terms of education and it’s a lot more involving than probably what people talked about, but we are taking all the processes and a step at a time.
“The results will say a lot more than we can actually say right now, but we are ready, as a state government we are ready, our partners are ready, we’ve started the project straight ahead, I think very soon results will start showing”, the governor stated.
Governor Emmanuel hinted that work would commence on other phases of the project soon and thanked Ikot Abasi, the host community, for a warm reception accorded the Moroccan investors into the state.
“You’ve heard him say that they are excited about the reception by the host community, the next thing we are going through will be the survey and the rest of it, as the events unfold we will keep the press abreast of what we are doing”.
In his remark, the managing director, OCP AFRICA, Mohamed Hettiti, said the objective of the visit was to partner the host community to execute the project and commence collaboration in the agricultural sector in the state.
“The objective of the visit was to visit the site and to align and partner the host community for our project and also to start collaboration in the agricultural sector with the state.
“So far, we have a good and perfect site for our plant”, he stated.