As the world commemorated the 2017 World Cooperative Day on July 1st, the Bureau of Rural Development and honoured Governor Udom Emmanuel and his wife, Deaconess Martha with excellence awards for their passion to assist the rural poor achieve their potentials through cooperatives.
The Special Adviser, Bureau of Rural Development and Cooperative Mrs. Ekemini David Umoh said the awards were deserving citing Governor Udom’s interest free loans to cooperatives, the inauguration of cassava processing factory in Ibiono Ibom, Fish and Sea food factories in Mbo and Ibeno and palm oil processing mills.
She noted that these projects have transformed the lives of Akwa Ibom men and women who belong to cooperative societies, urging more Akwa Ibom people to form viable cooperatives in order to benefit from government.
The award to Governor Emmanuel was presented to him by Arc. Ubokutom Nyah, Chairman on the occasion and it was received on his behalf by his wife.
Deaconess Martha Udom Emmanuel’s award was presented to her by the Special Adviser, Bureau of Rural Development and Cooperative, Mrs. Ekemini David Umoh.
Other awardees at the occasion included the Special Assistant to the Governor on Trade and Market MattersMr. Idorenyin Raphael, the Special Adviser on Branding and Marketing Mr. Ime Uwah and Mr. Alphonsus Inyang.
Making her remarks at the event, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel emphasized that people should not think that cooperative societies are for the poor, rather there are a platforms where people of like minds meet to collaborate in business and create wealth.
She appreciated the various cooperative societies which exhibited their wares for being innovative in the way they have improved on the quality of natural products found in Akwa Ibom State
“I want to encourage you to keep on doing this but find a way to access information necessary for you to do the right packaging so that made in Akwa Ibom products can enter the international market” the governor’s wife noted.
She urged the Special Adviser, Bureau of Rural Development and Cooperative to engage with all the agencies necessary for certification of made in Akwa Ibom Products displayed during the event.
Mrs. Emmanuel also admonished the Bureau to discover more cooperative societies which can benefit from the support of the government.
The governor’s wife who had in her entourage, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr. Glory Edet and other government officials went round the various stands to buy products.