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Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State is optimistic that the $1.4 billion fertilizer plant project in the state by OCP Africa will shore up the impact of agricultural products and create a viable economic chain in the state.
OCP Africa is asubsidiary of OCP Group, a leading global provider of phosphate and its derivatives with almost 100 years of experience. OCP AFRICA was created in 2016 to contribute to the sustainable development of African agriculture.
It develops fertilizer solutions customised to local conditions and crop needs, and it also work with partners in many different African governments, non-profits and private enterprises to connect farmers to the agricultural services, knowledge, and resources they need in order to prosper.
‘’At OCP AFRICA, we understand the diversity and complex needs of Africa’s soils, and we are committed to offering the right fertilizer products at the right time, in the right place, at the right price’’, it says on its website.
Based in Morocco, with a presence in 18 countries, as well as 12 subsidiaries and employees representing 17 nationalities, OCP AFRICA is proud to be a multicultural African company working hand-in-hand with farmers and partners across the continent.
Governor Udom was however, speaking while receiving a delegation of leading global provider of phosphate, OCP Africa led by its Managing Director, Mohamed Hettiti, on a courtesy visit at Government House, Uyo, the state capital.
While thanking OCP AFRICA for visiting the host communities, he noted that it was a right step in the right direction indicating the take-off of the project soon, and assured them of the state government’s readiness to keep to its part of the bargain.
According to the governor, people in the state, especially farmers, stand to benefit a lot from the project, as OCP Africa will ensure necessary education for farmers on fertilizer needs and best practices, pointing out that the project will be a huge investment in agriculture, partnering with farmers, distributors and stakeholders to foster a thriving agriculture system.
“Let me appreciate all the partners in this project, this is a big project outside the ammonia and fertilizer you heard the MD OCP, Africa mentioned fertilizer and we have a whole lot to do in terms of education and it’s a lot more involving than probably what people talked about, but we are taking all the processes and a step at a time.
“The results will say a lot more than we can actually say right now, but we are ready, as a state government we are ready, our partners are ready, we’ve started the project straight ahead, I think very soon results will start showing”, Governor Udom said.
He also hinted that work will commence on other phases of the project soon and thanked Ikot Abasi the host community for a warm reception accorded the Moroccan investors into the state.
“You’ve heard him say that they are excited about the reception by the host community, the next thing we are going through will be the survey and the rest of it, as the events unfold we will keep the press abreast with what we are doing”.
Managing Director of OCP AFRICA, Mohamed Hettiti, in his remarks said the objective of the visit was to partner the host community to execute the project and commence collaboration in the agricultural sector in the state.
“The objective of the visit was to visit the site and to align and partner with the host community for our project and also to start collaboration in the Agricultural sector with the state.
“So far we have a good and perfect site for our plant”, he stated.