Economic Growth: Gov Emmanuel Solicits Partnership With IOCs
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has called on the international organisations to partner the state in its development effort for sustainable economic growth.
The Governor stated this at the Hilltop Mansion during a breakfast meeting with the United Nations Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon.
He said that Akwa Ibom, as a forward looking state in the economic revival of the country, requires technical assistance from developed economies and agencies such as United Nations, World Bank and other organisations.
“We need multi-sectoral development because we have a lot of potentials but little is harnessed particularly in the rural communities. We need a whole lot of awareness and deeper consultations beyond crude Oil exploration” He explained.
Governor Emmanuel identified Agriculture, human capacity development and industrialization as areas of cooperation saying that Akwa Ibom is the focus state in agrarian revolution and assured of good legislation, adequate security and reliable infrastructure to enable them operate in the state.He solicited assistance in the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons from the Bakassi Peninsular and thanked the U.N representative for the visit.
Earlier, Mr Edward kallon stated that the significant economic development programmes embarked upon by the state administration endeared him to the state and assured that he would explore critical issues of youth and human capacity development, employment and investment in cooperate technology to create sustainable development in the state.
He added that Akwa Ibom has been earmarked in the organisation’s programme to eradicate poverty and improve on the welfare of the citizens and used the occasion to advise the state administration to centre it development vision on agriculture and rural development stressing that nobody should be left out in the process.
Mr Kallon congratulated Governor Emmanuel for evolving sound economic blue print that would bring about a turn around in the fortunes of the state pledging to ensure that investment opportunities in the state are geared towards enhancing inclusive growth.
At the breakfast meeting were members of the State Executive Council, Head of Civil Service Mrs Ekerebong Akpan and Chairmen Technical Committees on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency Professor Edet Udoh and Foreign Direct Investment Dr Gabriel Ukpe.