By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo—Akwa Ibom State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with SERGE Capital Investment Limited on the resuscitation of Ibom Science and Technology Park.
Speaking on the occasion, the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, who was represented by Secretary to State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, explained that the Ibom Science and Technology Park was being given priority attention by the current administration because of the importance of science and technology across the world.
The governor said: “In reviving the Ibom Science and Technology Park, the state government will adopt a bottom-up approach to ensure that those incubated at the park would move up to set up cottage industries in the communities.”
“The initiative is geared towards enhancing the human empowerment agenda of Akwa Ibom State government.”
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Essien who described the event as epochal, said “The signing of the MOU is a culmination of series of discussions with the investors on the completion of the Ibom and Science and Technology Park.
“Governor Emmanuel is determined to ensure that Akwa Ibom State become a front line state in science and technology and I want to assure that the science and technology park when completed will open a window of vast opportunities for young scientists and innovators.”
In his remark, President of SERGE Capital Investment Limited, an Australian based firm with Chinese affiliation, Mr. Greg Todd assured that with combined resources they would develop a world class model in the state .
He expressed their readiness to reinvent the operational philosophy of the science park in conformity with world leading technologies in order to ensure sustainable development in the economic, environmental and social sectors.