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The theme of debate among economic experts at the maiden Ikono/Ini Economic Symposium held on Saturday, January 22, at Ikono local government secretariat, Ibiaku Ntok Okpo, was reviving the rural economy for sustainable development, with a focus on exploring the economic potentials and possibilities in Ikono/Ini federal constituency.

The new focus for economic progress, according to symposium participants, should be anchored on providing financial linkage between farm-investors and smallholder farmers, empowering passionate youths with practical skills and knowledge in building sustainable agri-business, and establishing farm processing units at the village levels.

This, combined with other initiatives such as increasing the visibility of farmers in the Ikono and Ini local government areas through free business registrations and assisting them in securing an online presence to put them on the global map, would go a long way toward revitalizing the federal constituency’s rural communities.

These are some of the issues discussed and debated during the plenary and interactive sessions of the 2022 Ikono/Ini Economic Symposium, which was organized by Ikono/Ini Media Professionals, a nongovernmental organization comprised of media practitioners of Ikono/Ini descent.

To help revive the rural economy, experts also proposed the establishment of community resource centers in the Ikono/Ini federal constituency to provide information and facilities for industrialists, the development of a sustainable economy through the utilization of natural endowments, and the use of a bottom-up development approach to assist rural farmers and youths in reaching their full potential.

Similarly, the federal constituency’s youth were encouraged to be more purposeful in their interactions with politicians by seeking to be gainfully empowered rather than hopping around their representatives in government for immediate gratification.

Furthermore, a synergy between local and state governments was advocated in order to attract Federal Government interventions in areas such as good road and mobile communication networks to improve access to the areas, while stakeholders were urged to assist their locals in adding value to the goods produced in the areas in order to increase patronage and attract foreign exchange.

Earlier in his welcome address, Comrade Emmanuel Ufon, President of Ikono/Ini Media Professionals, who described the symposium as the pinnacle of intellectual events in the federal constituency, stated that the occasion was aimed at advancing the people’s economic status.

“This symposium is predicated on the notion that there is no better place than home.

If we do not contribute to the development of our homeland and people, we have failed ourselves, and posterity will not forgive us for failing to contribute to the uplifting and emancipation of our people when we had the opportunity to do so “Ufon stated.

He thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for his recent approval of the 21.5KM Ikot Ayan Ediene-Ikot Ntia-Urua Naira-Ikot Nseyen-Nkwot-Nung Ukim Road with 45M Span Bridge in Ikono local government area, saying that when completed, the road would provide easy, smooth, and productive access for business people, farmers, traders, entrepreneurs, and commuters to economically explore the federal constituency.

The symposium was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo, and attendees included the Chancellor of Ibom Patriots and Ikono/Ini elder statesman, Obong Bassey Inaueyen; former National Assembly member, Senator Aloysius Etok; Dr. Martins Akpan, Dr. Udeme Nnana, Arc Ezekiel Nya-Etok, State President

Mrs. Pauline Ndulaka, Deputy Director/Trade Promotion Advisor, Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC); Chief Janet Amba, SSA to Governor Emmanuel on SMEs; Lucy Ekpenyong, State Manager, SMEDAN, and other high-profile politicians and academics, including Dr. Emmanuel John Ekpenyong, Associate Professor of Statistics and HOD Statistics, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, were present.

The induction of deserving Indegenes into the Ikono/Ini Development Hall of Fame was the symposium’s high point.

Those inducted include, among others, Obong Bassey Inuaeyen, Engr. Cyril Attang, Senator Aloysius Etok, Prof Augustine Umoh, Col. Stanley Bassey Rtd., Hon Itoro Columba, Obonganwan Lovina Umoh Effah, Dr. Samuel Oworekpe, Hon Nyaknno Okoibu, Chairman of Ikono local government area, and his Ini counterpart

_Ikono/Ini Media Prof*Empowering youths with agri-business skills is a new strategy to revitalize the Ikono/Ini economy* – _Experts_ The theme of debate among economic experts at the maiden Ikono/Ini Economic Symposium held on Saturday, January 22, at Ikono local government secretariat, Ibiaku Ntok Okpo, was reviving the rural economy for sustainable development, with a focus on exploring the economic potentials and possibilities in Ikono/Ini federal constituency.

The new focus for economic progress, according to symposium participants, should be anchored on providing financial linkage between farm-investors and smallholder farmers, empowering passionate youths with practical skills and knowledge in building sustainable agri-business, and establishing farm processing units at the village levels.

This, combined with other initiatives such as increasing the visibility of farmers in the Ikono and Ini local government areas through free business registrations and assisting them in securing an online presence to put them on the global map, would go a long way toward revitalizing the federal constituency’s rural communities.

These are some of the issues discussed and debated during the plenary and interactive sessions of the 2022 Ikono/Ini Economic Symposium, which was organized by Ikono/Ini Media Professionals, a non-governmental organization comprised of media practitioners of Ikono/Ini descent.

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To help revive the rural economy, experts also proposed the establishment of community resource centers in the Ikono/Ini federal constituency to provide information and facilities for industrialists, the development of a sustainable economy through the utilization of natural endowment, and the use of a bottom-up development approach to assist rural farmers and youths in reaching their full potential.

Similarly, the federal constituency’s youth were encouraged to be more purposeful in their interactions with politicians by seeking to be gainfully empowered rather than hopping around their representatives in government for immediate gratification.

Furthermore, a synergy between local and state governments was advocated in order to attract Federal Government interventions in areas such as good road and mobile communication networks to improve access to the areas, while stakeholders were urged to assist their locals in adding value to the goods produced in the areas in order to increase patronage and attract foreign exchange.

Earlier in his welcome address, Comrade Emmanuel Ufon, President of Ikono/Ini Media Professionals, who described the symposium as the pinnacle of intellectual events in the federal constituency, stated that the occasion was aimed at advancing the people’s economic statue

“This symposium is predicated on the notion that there is no better place than home.

If we do not contribute to the development of our homeland and people, we have failed ourselves, and posterity will not forgive us for failing to contribute to the uplifting and emancipation of our people when we had the opportunity to do so “Ufon stated He thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for his recent approval of the 21.5KM Ikot Ayan Ediene-Ikot Ntia-Urua Naira-Ikot Nseyen-Nkwot-

Nung Ukim Road with 45M Span Bridge in Ikono local government area, saying that when completed, the road would provide easy, smooth, and productive access for business people, farmers, traders, entrepreneurs, and commuters to economically explore the federal constituency.

The symposium was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo, and attendees included the Chancellor of Ibom Patriots and Ikono/Ini elder statesman, Obong Bassey Inaueyen; former National Assembly member, Senator Aloysius Etok; Dr. Martins Akpan, Dr. Udeme Nnana, Arc Ezekiel Nya-Etok, State President

Mrs. Pauline Ndulaka, Deputy Director/Trade Promotion Advisor, Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC); Chief Janet Amba, SSA to Governor Emmanuel on SMEs; Lucy Ekpenyong, State Manager, SMEDAN, and other high-profile politicians and academics, including Dr. Emmanuel John Ekpenyong, Associate Professor of Statistics and HOD Statistics, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, were present.

The induction of deserving Indegenes into the Ikono/Ini Development Hall of Fame was the symposium’s high point.

Those inducted include, among others, Obong Bassey Inuaeyen, Engr. Cyril Attang, Senator Aloysius Etok, Prof Augustine Umoh, Col. Stanley Bassey Rtd., Hon Itoro Columba, Obonganwan Lovina Umoh Effah, Dr Samuel Oworekpe, Hon Nyaknno Okoibu, Chairman of Ikono local government area, and his Ini counterpart

 

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