Akwa Ibom State Government has called on Uyo Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, (UYOCCIMA) to interface with the State Government in order to create a socio-economic platform that will boost economic activities in the State. The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem stated this on Thursday, while playing host to Uyo Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, (UYOCCIMA) during a courtesy call on him at Government House, Uyo. Dr. Ekuwem noted that UYOCCIMA can be a formidable force to harness economic potentials of Akwa Ibom people and provide a network of business opportunities that will encourage businesses as well as create direct and indirect jobs for the people. The SSG, therefore urged UYOCCIMA to encourage youths to be part of entrepreneurial business rather than depend on politics and white collar jobs that may not be forthcoming. ”UYOCCIMA can become a good platform for the socio-economic development of the State. Right now I have not seen any economic platform that is working closely with government.Everyone want to be SSA, SA and PA’s, Special Adviser, Councillor, project supervisor, and they don’t want to set their hands on something to do”. ”So UYOCCIMA can interface with NACCIMA, interface with National Policy on Socio-Economic Development and the State Government, you can get a clue on what it intends to do so that you will be able to integrate and translate exactly what is in the offing in respect to economic development”, he stated. Earlier, the President of Uyo Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, (UYOCCIMA), Mrs. Affiong Ibanga, in her remarks, called for partnership with Akwa Ibom State Government to advance the local economic wellbeing of the people and the advancement of the economy of the state. Mrs. Ibanga, noted that UYOCCIMA is an organization of business owners who seek to further their collective business interest while advancing the economic wellbeing of their community, state or nation and extended invitation of investiture ceremony of the 14th President of UYOCCIMA billed for 7th July, 2022 at Ibom Icon and Golf Resort, Uyo to the State Government. High point of the visit was the decoration of the SSG with the sash of UYOCCIMA as its patron. MEDIA UNIT OFFICE OF THE SSG