UNITED States Ambassador to
Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington,
has laudedEbonyi state
Governor David Umahi for his
developmental strides.Symington,
who led a team of US diplomats to
the state on Friday, said he was
impressed that the governor was
putting government to work for
the benefit of the people.
He said,” I was particularly
honored because I had the chance
to see before I got here(Government
House, Abakaliki). I have gone
round to see what you people in
state are doing and your leadership
to improve infrastructure. I had
the chance to see what the people
of your state are doing to improve
their lives like farming. I had the
chance to see your rice and it is one
of the best you can find anywhere
in the world.
“I had the chance to see the
place where the people of the
state will be working for the
future, that is the new secretariat
and the government lodge and
specifically, these are telling me
that under your administration
with the support of your people,
you are putting government
to work for the benefit of your
people.“
The envoy, according to a
statement on Saturday by Umahi’s Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya,
also commended the governor
for embarking on massive road
construction to connect neighboring
states.
Pointing out that the idea would
lead to economic integration
with Ebonyi’s neighbours, he
assured the Umahi administration
of Washington’s partnership
especially in wooing investors to
the state particularly in the areas
of agriculture and solid mineral
development Symington, who said
that investment opportunities were
the first approach towards attracting
investors to the state, noted that
infrastructural development and
adequate security were imperative
in wooing foreign investors.
He added: “The first critical step
involves upgrading the economic
fortunes of the state, and also setting
up opportunities in this area that
would welcome business investors
to this state thereby making it
possible for investment.”I cannot
think of any more compelling
message than this and I urge the
state government to abide by this
because it will bring investors to the
State .
The envoy urged the state
government to sustain the
prevailing peace and security in
the state, noting that no meaningful
development can take place in
an atmosphere of rancour.
Earlier, Governor Umahi had
commended Symington for his
visit to the state and solicited
his assistance in attracting
investors to the state. Umahi
described the visit as an
opportunity for the state to
re-invent itself economically,
stating “you have seen how
Ebonyi State is trying to put
together the infrastructure and
human development needs of
the people. “ “This visit will
enable the state explore areas
of partnership with the United
States Government especially in
the areas of Agriculture and solid
minerals ,”he told the envoy.
“Agriculture is one key area
we need investment. We
also need investment in
areas of Medicare and solid
minerals. I assure you of a very
healthy environment, “Umahi
stated. The ambassador was in
company with the US Consular
General in Nigeria, Mr John
Grey and other Support Staff of
the Consulate Office. Highlights
of the visit of Ambassador
Symington was the tour of some
key projects executed by the
Umahi Government and a state
banquet in their honour at the
Governor’s Lodge on Friday
night.

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