An alleged tale of scam has continued to trail the recently commissioned Fertilizer blending plant in Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Gov Udom Emmanuel had invited his predecessor, Sen. Godswill Akpabio (PDP, Akwa Ibom) to commission the Greenwell Technologies Fertilizer Blending Plant located in Abak Local Government Area. The much-publicized commissioning was for the following purposes:
1. to officially commence the production of fertilizer products by a Public Private Partnership between Greenwell Technologies and the Akwa Ibom State Government.
2. to register as a milestone in the implementation of Udom Emmanuel’s industrialization policy while standing as Nigeria’s best (400,000 metric tons per year) fertilizer producing facility.
3. to unfold as one of major events celebrating the third anniversary of Udom Emmanuel’s government.
The Alleged Scam
It is now irrefutable that Udom Emmanuel takes Akwa Ibom people as illiterate (he actually said that some Akwa Ibomites are illiterate) fools who can be sold snake oil put in any deceptive package. There is no fertilizer manufacturing or blending operations by Greenwell Technologies. Rather than for the above stated purposes, the commissioning ceremony spun to expose the underbelly of a desperate and dysfunctional government scamming invited guests and other Akwa Ibomites into believing a phantom industrialization project. There are neither raw materials nor blending machines for the production of different types of fertilizer as claimed by the Udom Emmanuel government. There is a simple bagging machine (see picture below) for the repackaging of bulk fertilizer products supplied from elsewhere. For the sake of emphasis, let me repeat that there is no fertilizer manufacturing or blending taking place at the Greenwell Technologies facility in Abak. Rather, what was commissioned is a dilapidating warehouse for the repackaging of bulk and finished fertilizer products. Greenwell Technologies has no staff list because no one is yet been employed. It is also shocking to discover that the company has neither filed for approval from the National Security Adviser (NSA) to manufacture fertilizer products nor file for Standards Organization (SON) certification. Both certifications are required so that explosives and other illegal items are not manufactured using raw materials for fertilizer production.
Is Sen Akpabio in support of Gov Udom’s project?