- Ten artisans were selected from Ikpetim community
- Ibom power sponsired their training
- Upon completion Ibom gave the 10 artisans N150,000 each
- The money is to help them start a business in their areas of training
- Ibom power also assured the community of more collaboration
Ibom Power Company Ltd, a firm owned by Akwa Ibom State government, has empowered 10 artisans at Ikpetim in Ikot Abasi Local Government. This is part of activities to commemorate the third anniversary of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
The people, selected from the host community, were initially sponsored by Ibom Power to acquire vocational skills, after which the company gave cheques of N150,000 to each person to start his business.
He said the company had embarked on other CSR activities across the five clans in Ikot Abasi comprising Edemaya, Ikpa Ibekwe, Ikpa Nnung Assang, Ukpum Ette and Ukpum Okon. The managing director said the scheme and programme would be extended to each of the five clans on a continual basis.
A director at Ibom Power, who is an indigene of Ikot Abasi, Uwem Ekanem, addressed misconstrued notions by residents. He urged the community not to be hostile to Ibom Power Company, but should rather support its growth and expansion, saying the community will be the primary beneficiaries.
Chairman of Ibom Power Etido Inyang reiterated the commitment of the governor and board to the development of Ikot Abasi.
“The power the governor promised Ikot Abasi people is on the way, it will be available once the Ekim 132/33kV, 2 x 60MVA transmission substation is completed.”
He reminded the community that the position of Operations & Maintenance (O & M) manager at Ibom Power had been vacant for about a year because it was allocated to the host community, but no one had been provided by the community to fill the position.
“One thing must be noted, the immediate community should not harness every CSR activity embarked on by Ibom Power – it is for Ikot Abasi people, it is for Akwa Ibom people and because power is not only domicilled here in the state, there should be a percentage for other indigenes in the country,” the chairman said.
He thanked stakeholders in the community for their cooperation in the past and called for their continued support. The stakeholders hailed the initiative by Ibom Power and enjoined the company to do more for the community.