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Need for investment in cultivation of bamboo stressed

The need for people to invest in the cultivation of bamboo to feed the Dakkada soft tissue and other sundry factories at the Dakkada Industries Limited for sustainable development and wealth creation has been emphasized.

The Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Prince Ukpong Akpabio stated this during a visit to the Cottage Industries at Ekit Itam, Itu by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation which was on inspection of projects as part of the Committees oversight function before the passage of the 2021 Budget.

Prince Akpabio who conducted the Lawmakers around the Tissue, Pencil and Plastic factories, explained the chain effect of bamboo cultivation.

He said that logs of woods are needed in the sustainability of the factories.

The Commissioner announced plans by the Ministry to embark on bamboo plantation.

Prince Akpabio urged the lawmakers to provide a legal framework for the operations of the Industry as a private entity.

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The Chairman, Finance and Appropriation, Mr Uduak Odudoh expressed satisfaction with the   extent of work at the Industries and pledged the committee’s readiness to allocate funds to enhance the expansion and provision of more amenities.

In his remarks, the member representing Nsit Atai State Constituency, Elder Mark Esset stressed the need for the factory to be hooked to the National Grid to source power for its operations and reduce expenditure on fuel.

The member for Ibiono Ibom State constituency, Obong Godwin Ekpo called for sustainable effort to keep the industrialization vision of Governor Emmanuel beyond the tenure of his administration.

The Team were later shown around the factory by the operations manager, Dakkada Industries, Mr Bassey Moses.

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