The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has flagged off the construction of a coconut oil factory in the state as part of activities to mark his two years in office.
The governor, who described coconut oil as a most sought-after product globally, said the factory when ready would catapult the state to a global market and boost the industrialisation agenda of the state government.
In a statement made available to our correspondent from the state government, Emmanuel was said to have condemned the rampant attack on contractors by hoodlums in some communities.
He warned that any village that opposed the execution of the coconut factory through attack on the contractors handling the project risked withdrawal of the certificate of the village head/ paramount ruler.
He was quoted as saying that the host communities would be the primary beneficiaries of the factory.
Emmanuel was said to have also inspected a syringe factory being managed by Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company.