Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has announced a ban on the use of raw materials not sourced from the state for the execution of government’s projects.
He said the ban became necessary to encourage the utilisation of local raw materials in the state.
The state Commissioner for Investment, Trade and Industries, Prince Akpabio, stated this at the launch of the state’s Small and Medium Enterprise directory and portal in Uyo, the state capital.
He said such ban could only be lifted when such materials could not be sourced locally.
He disclosed that the state government had plan to create at least 14,000 small and medium scale entrepreneurs this year.
Akpabio explained that the initiative, known as “Ibom 3,000,” is expected to train at least 1,000 prospective entrepreneurs from the three senatorial districts of the state in six months, amounting to 6,000 in one year.