By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo—Akwa Ibom State has concluded plans to set up five more cottage industries at Ekom Iman Junction in Etinan Local Government Area of the state.
Senior Special Assistant to the Gover-nor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Mr. Ufot Ebong, disclosed this, yesterday, during the inspection of the Toothpick and Pencil Factory in Etinan council, organised by Open Governance Tour team of Ministry of Information and Strategy.
Ebong, who noted that the arrangement for setting up the cottage industries under the Akwa Ibom Employment and Enterprise Scheme, AKEES, had reached advanced stage, said about 10 hectares of land have been acquired for the purpose.
He said apart from creating over 4,500 jobs, the cottage industries which would include a Pen and Straw Industries, will add to the value chain of harnessing auxiliary services to ensure no product was wasted.