Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, recently met with a delegation of the United States Consulate General in Nigeria over the plight of its indigenes in Lagos.
Governor Umahi disclosed this while briefing journalists on the purpose of the visit after a closed door meeting at the Government House Abakaliki.
According to the governor, they reported the plight of our people in Lagos who are mainly beggars and compared it with Akwa Ibom State that had such a problem, but today their people are out of the streets and we said we will surpass Akwa Ibom.
Umahi said the state needs assistance to build regional markets that would attract importers, pointing out that a lot of people in the state are unemployed.
“We need assistance and funds to build regional markets where we will have warehouses and attract importers. We would also set-up micro industries to see how we can get our people out of the streets. There are a lot of our people that are unemployed. The poverty level is unacceptable and they (US delegation) have seen it.’’
He noted that the state and US agencies such as USAID and UNIDO were in a great partnership, saying “they are strategic partners in the quest for our development.’’
Other issues discussed, according to the governor, were how to explore the mineral deposits like abundant lead, salt, cement, gold and even petroleum, as well as a large fertile agricultural land in the state which paucity of funds had made their exploration impossible.
But the leader of the delegation, Thomas Hines, said they came to explore ways on how the USA and Nigeria can work together because both countries share many values and have a great partnership.
The Economic and Political Section of the Consulate was led by its Chief, Mr. Thomas Hines.

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