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"We are looking at a new generation, and as far as I am concerned, you must also have the necessary road infrastructure for them to move on. Akwa Ibom people, for many years, go to Umuahia and Aba to go and hire lorries for the transportation of onion, tomatoes and other goods from the North, but now they can do that with their own government assisted trucks. I believe that when they come to Akwa Ibom we will 'convince and confuse' them with projects"


- Akpabio 


"Why must we sit down in Akwa Ibom, and the only source of commercial movement is okada, that’s why government recently rolled out brand new 400 taxi’s for Uyo Our intention is that in the next one year, we should have 1000 taxis with air-conditioners moving around all the urban cities of Akwa Ibom State"


"As I speak today, this administration, in just one year in office has commissioned at least, 256 projects.  One major issue is that we are not developing Akwa Ibom for people to praise us, we are developing Akwa Ibom for ourselves. I live here, my house is here, my children come from here, I have moved my things from Lagos to Akwa Ibom, if I do not have good roads, where will I drive my cars, if there are no good schools here, where will my children go to, if there are no good hospitals, if Iam sick where will I go to, so, people don’t understand, we must have recreational facilities, so that we can take time to relax, bring international events into the state, and turn AkwaIbom to an exhibition that people would come and watch."

- Akpabio

Tractors provided for mechanised farming in the state
Modern fishing boats provided for improved fish catch

Road Construction and Rehabilitation

  • Opening of new roads
  • Dualisation of roads
  • Rehabilitation of roads
  • Building of drainages

Governor Godswill Akpabio has put in place a  vigorous road construction and rehabilitation scheme since 2007. With this scheme all  headquarters of the 31 local government councils have been linked with a 20km tarred road. Several roads that had existed without attention since the inception of the state, have been tarred by this administration. New roads are opened up and many are being rehabilitated more than any other period in the history of Akwa Ibom State.

Contracts for road construction worth well over N80 billion for road segments totalling 330Km have been awarded to both foreign and local construction firms which include: Ekim Itam – Ekom Iman road dualisation, Afaha-Obong – Ika – Etim Ekpo, cutting across 3 local government councils, and Ikot-Ekpene – Abak road.

Etebi – Enwang road, road network around the Union park, Ikot Ntan – Obiokpok – Afaha-Offiong – Mbiokporo – Ikot-Edibon Section I and II, Eket urban roads lots 1 – 5, Nung Udoe Itak – Okoita – Use Ikot Amama – Ibiaku Ikot Esifia, Ikot Abasi urban roads, lots 1 – 5, Oron urban roads, lots 1 – 3 and Ikot Ekpene urban roads.


  • 1,000 Vehicle Taxi scheme
  • Solar powered traffic and street lights 
  • 12 haulage trucks for farm produce 
  • Construction of Akwa Ibom International Airport
  • Construction of Seaport at Ibaka
  • Planned railway line

The present administration has overhauled the transport sector in the state with strategies for land, water, and air transport.

On land, government has introduced a brand new fleet of 1,000 taxis to move people around commercially and the neccessary infrastructure and support network to make it work. Further, government has propossed Uyo - Port Harcourt railway line to ease the movement of goods and persons in the region. On water, government is building the Ibaka seaport that will rival other seaports in the country and place the state on the regional map of West Africa as well as improving our waterways for maritime activities. On air, the state is constructing a world class airport which will also provide maintenance facilities to the fleet of aircrafts criss-crossing the West African skies but ending up in developed countries when it comes time for maintenance.

Indeed, the various earth moving in favour of the transportation sector will only end up moving the world to Akwa Ibom State. This sector will ride on the network  of roads constructed, the open sky of the airport and freshness of the sea to package an industrialising Akwa Ibom and realise the industrialisation dream of the present adminitration.


  • Emergency in food sector declared
  • Distributed 22 Tractors for farm operations
  • Distributed modern fishing boats and outboard engines to fishermen
  • Funding the payment of the State’s counterpart contributions to the National Fadama Developement Programme

"We don't want to rely on oil, we are making efforts to re-engineer our agricultural sector and increasing our internally-generated revenue," says Gov. Akpabio. The present administration has reformed the agricultural sector and made it atractive as a  business venture. The government has put in place  resources to enhance profitable farming such as fertilizers, day old chicks, rabbits, agrochemicals, cassava cuttings, improved seedlings and technical /extension services to farmers through the Ministry of Agriculture and the Akwa Ibom State Agricultural Development Programme (AKADEP).

In April, 2008 government got proactive and declared emergency in the food sector as a pre-emptive measure to avert an imminent food crisis in the State. this the government declared is a wake-up call  from the global food crisis and to be pragmatic in ensuring food sufficiency for all AkwaIbomites thereby taking delivery of 600 metric tonnes of maize worth N26 million to be sold at subsidized rate to the people. Also, plans were announced by the government to commence processing of cassava flour with a directive to every bread producer to use 10 percent of cassava flour and 90 percent of flour in bread production.

Government has also procured and distributed twenty-two (22) Tractors for farm operations in the State. This has eased manual farm labour and eradicated drudgery commonly associated with traditional systems of farming and will eventually increase food production in the State.


  • Free education for the first nine years
  • Targeted education to fight unemployment
  • State-of-the-art digital library
  • Accreditation of courses at our higher institutions
  • Provision of digital center in AKS Polytechnic Ikot Osurua
  • Renovation of at least 1 primary school and 1 secondary school in every local government

The state government intensified efforts at revamping the educational sector by rehabilitating dilapidated schools and boosting the morale of teachers. Gov. Akpabio introduced a free education policy for the first nine years in public schools and has made the Akwa Ibom state University of Technology his priority educational project. Its new management team is working towards getting the nod of the National Universities Commission (NUC), and academic and other activities are set to commence in the institution before September.

Determined to provide affordable and qualitative education to its citizens, Gov. Akpabio has also charged the commissioner for education and all agencies involved in education management in the state to map out workable solutions to checkmate the level of decay in the public educational sector.

Skills Acquisition

  • Over 20,000 new jobs being created
  • Several schorlarships to study and acquire specialised skill abroad
  • Uyo stadium renovated
  • 200 interminiisterial direct labour jobs mostly in rural ares
  • Micro credit facilities

The government has been pragmatic in the initiation of projects that would be of economic benefit to the people of the state. In appointing key political office holders, Gov. Akpabio ensured balance among the ethnic divide, a development that has created a  sense of belonging in the polity and provided jobs for all cadre of Akwa Ibom youths.

Well educated youths have been mobilized through appointments into government at both local and state levels. They have also been given opportunities to execute projects under the State direct labour jobs; involve in Integrated Farmers Scheme and made to acquire skills under various government sponsored programmes. These people-oriented projects have brought about a socio-economic transformation of the state.

Much more worthy of note is the total number of 211 interministerial direct labour projects completed within one year of Gov. Akpabio's administration. These projects include electrification of communities; provision of potable water through Mini-Water Schemes, reconstruction of primary/secondary schools; provision of fishing boats/outboard engines for fishermen in the oil producing areas and reconstruction of health facilities in the state.


  • Free medical services for children, pregnant women and senior citizens
  • Construction of specialist hospital
  • Provision of 6 ambulances
  • Re-constructed 65 health and educational facilities
  • Provided 12 dialysis machines
  • Provision of medical equipment to School of Nursing, Anua
  • 700 Water projects 

To uplift the health care delivery standard in the state, the administration has built and donated a dialysis centre with 12 units of dialysis machines to the Federal Medical Centre, Uyo. Free medical services have been introduced for children, pregnant women, and senior citizens. While massive rehabilitation work has been done on several government-owned hospitals, even as obsolete equipment were replaced with new and sophisticated ones.

In addition to this, the administration last year laid the foundation stone of an ultra modern specialist hospital at Ekit Itam II. The hospital is expected to be completed within the next 24 months and when completed, it will serve as a referral centre for the entire Niger Delta.

Since the state has suddenly become mobile on her own soil, Gov. Akpabio was rather speedy in seizing the opportunity to put in place 6 state-or-the-art well equipped mobile clinics with trained medical personnel in form of ambulances that will be stationed at strategic locations and parabulate the state so as to nip emergency medical cases in the bud.

To improve the health conditions of the people, the state government carried out about 700 water projects all over the state to ensure sustainble and portable water supply.



Investment Attraction

  • New world class entertainment centre and galleria with a dome, shopping mall, new 5-star hotel, and theme park spanning over 115,000 sq m
  • Existing 5-star hotel to be upgraded to 350 rooms
  • New museum to showcase our cultural heritage

n the last one year, the government of Gov. Akpabio has evolved strategies that has raised the tourism index in the state, which include: upgrading of tourism infrastructure and facilities to a level that meets competition in global tourism events to encourage influx of tourists, undertaking branding of the unique tourism products in the state and partnering with private investors to invest in the state.  One of such partnership would soon see the construction of a tourism and film gallery in Uyo.  Right now the union amusement and leisure park has reached completion stage.

New sand beaches are to be developed along with structures that will serve as tourist attractions. One of such structures is the Ibeno Beach which is to take off soon.

One major investment aimed at improving the tourism index of the state is the Le’ Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort. The resort houses imposing structures and facilities of international standard, situated on a plateau surrounded by crush green vegetation near a seafront, its frontage opens to a scintillating 18 hole golf course which has hosted international golfers like Nancy Lopez, the golf course has also hosted amateur and national golf competitions sponsored by one of Nigeria’s GSM companies, MTN.  The water front is developed for sporting and leisure activities like boat cruise, surfing, wildlife, hunting, gaming and health spa.  The magnificent edifice that sprawls on a 72 – hectare of land has space for development of arts and craft village.  The hotel is managed by Le’Meridien, an international management group.

  • Ibom Power Project
  • Development of gas reserves for electricity generation
  • Vigorous rural electrification scheme to place all rural areas on the national grid
  • 800 electricity projects

Government plans to provide uninterrupted power supply in Akwa Ibom State, with a surplus to be fed into the national grid through the Ibom Power Project. The project is in two phases. The first phase is more than 90% completed with the installation of 2 No. GE frame 6 and 1 No. frame 9 gas turbine, offering a total capacity of 180 MW, the installation of a 132/11KV transformer as well as the construction of a 45km – 132 KV “double circuit power evacuation line from Ikot Abasi to Eket sub station. 

The second phase of the project is expected to generate an additional 465MW that will feed the National grid through a transmission line to Afam sub station. The 132 KV transmission line between Eket, Uyo and Itu is to be straightened to ensure the evacuation of the full capacity of the first phase.

There are over  800 rural electrification projects under the Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour projects at various stages of completion across the State. Another 800 transformers are being procured by the State government. The full impact of this shall be appreciated when the IPP comes on stream. A new 330 KV transmission line from Ikot Abasi to Ikot Ekpene with a new sub station in Ikot Abasi is to be constructed to evacuate power from the second phase of Ibom Power Plant. It is expected that by the time the Ibom Power Plant is switched on, every community in the State will be energized and the entire Akwa Ibom State will be aglow not just with electricity but with diverse power-dependent economic activities that will provide 3,000 indirect employment opportunities, in addition to the 1,000 direct employment opportunities.

  • LNG project
  • Ibaka Free Trade Zone
  • Fertilizer company
  • Amakpe Refinery 
  • 6 high rise appartment buildings for top flight executives
  • Most peaceful  state in the Niger Delta

"Akwa Ibom has the best natural location for a sea port with 13 metres depth that can bring in large ocean lining vessels. We are inviting a lot of international investors to come in and develop a major seaport in the state that will serve Nigeria,"  - Gov. Akpabio

The Governor further states that his administration "is committed to creating an industrialised state that would be an investor's haven where the activities in the Akwa Ibom International Airport (AKIA), the seaport, the world class entertainment centre with the Theme Park and the Ibaka Free Trade Zone are inexplicably interwoven to produce pleasurable ride for residents and tourists on classical road network".

Gov. Akpabio hosted and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a number of indigenous and multi-national companies, including financial institutions with intention to invest in the abundant natural and investment potentials in the State.

The government also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a number of indigenous multi-national companies and financial institutions with the aim of tapping the abundant investment potentials of the state. The companies included Mortgage Banks; Union Bank Plc, ExxonMobile; Petrogenesis Oil company, RUSAL, Julius Berger Plc, Costain Plc etc which all pledged their readiness to help build the state's economy.

Alexander Livshits, United Company Rusal, director for International and Special Projects operating from Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State has this to say, "We do not regard investing in Africa as a risk, but as an opportunity. We firmly believe the continent is living up to its long-held potential and will emerge as a major region in the international economy over the coming years. By ensuring our raw materials and alumina refining capacity is close to our aluminium smelting operations, we reduce transport costs and can move materials to the smelter more quickly. This maximises our competitive advantage on the world market."

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