By Dipo Olowookere
Ebonyi State Governor, Mr David Umahi, has appealed to the United States government to assist his administration develop its agriculture and solid minerals sector.
Mr Umahi made this plea when he received the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symminton in Abakaliki, the state capital.
The Governor pointed to his guest that Ebonyi State is known for rice production, adding that the state is blessed with salt and limestone deposits.
Mr Umahi said Ebonyi had huge agricultural potential as well as mineral resources, which were yet to be developed.
He said his government would need America’s assistance in the area of technological enhancement to effectively develop these sectors, as the state was currently using three technical colleges to develop indigenous technology,
“We solicit your cooperation to attract investment in the state as we have provided the enabling environment for economic investments to thrive.
“Security provision in the state is one of the best in the country as we have massively invested in infrastructure development to attract investment opportunities.
“Our allocation from the Federation Account is meagre and this made us insist on quality in our constructions, such as roads due to our soil texture.
“We placed this emphasis on infrastructure development to solve our under-development challenges occasioned by several years of abject neglect from states we hitherto belonged,” he said.
In his remarks, the American envoy said he was in the state to deepen the relationship between the U.S. and Ebonyi.
“We are determined to ensure a more robust relationship built on trust and which would assist the state in the development of its economic and social sectors,” he said.
“We would ensure effective integration of your economic potential and enhance opportunities to attract massive economic investment in the state,” he added.
Mr Symminton commended the Governor for his achievements in agriculture, infrastructure and the social sector, and promised the US would assist the state in realizing its development objectives.
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