The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has doubled down on his directives that all his political appointees should go into large scale farming and own viable agricultural ventures within the state. The governor is said to have made the call during the state executive council meeting last week.

The information commissioner Mr. Charles Udoh told press men in Uyo that “in a bid to boost agriculture and ensure food sufficiency in the state, the (state EXCO) council directed all commissioners and special advisers to embark on personal farming.”

According to Mr. Charles Udoh, “The governor has said this time  without number that for commissioner or special adviser to appointed into any position, he or she must own a piece  of farmland for agricultural purposes. This was re-echoed again at the meeting.

“The drive of government is to lead by example in an effort to ensure adequate food for the people of the state while making Akwa Ibom the hub of agriculture in the country.”
Governor Emmanuel who recently asserted his venture into commercial farming was quoted as saying:

“I have a personal banana farm in Ini Local Government Area which employs so many people, I am not sure if I have eaten a finger of it. So, before you get an appointment, you must show us your farm, because I am leading by example.”

It is not clear if all the 21 EXCO members had submitted their farm and agric venture prove as part of their pre-qualification for appointment into their present offices.