Akwa Ibom State Government has indicated interest to partner with the United States of America in strategic development particularly in the areas of economy, health, education, technology and capacity building.
The State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel gave the indication when he interacted with the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Stuart Symington and the Consul General John Bray who called on him at the Government House, Uyo.
He said that Akwa Ibom State is ready for strategic partnership with developed countries to fast track development, mentioning that the state has put in place reliable infrastructure, security, transparent legislation in addition to the abundant resources that could be exploited for sustanable economic growth.
Addressing the Ambassador, he said “.. your visit to one of the strategic States in the Niger Delta is a welcome development. If America would join hand to turn global focus to Akwa Ibom, that will be great and the state will change not as a village but as a global city. We are conversant with those things that can enable us realise our dream and we are working assidously to provide the three key things which are security, reliable infrastructure, and transparent Legislation”
The Governor acknowledged the investment strides of America in the developing countries and solicited that such gesture be extended to the state stressing that the state has common identity as God`s own state like the USA.
The similarity in identity, in the opinion of the Governor should encourage the United States government to embark on Socio economic projects that would impact generations.
The Governor who expressed delight at the visit of the Envoy opined that “the western world should help the developing nations in the transfer of technology because what makes the difference is not the resources but superior technology to harness the resources ”
Earlier, Mr William Stuart Symington said he was in the state to explore areas of cooperation and that the interaction and knowledge gained would form the framework for such collaboration.
Mr Symington explained that the colours in Nigeria’s flag symbolise new life, hope and strength, maintaining that peace and joy are the ingredients to transform the World.
The Envoy who described the Governor as “a world class man” said that Nigeria is highly endowered with natural and human resources which could be utilised to create sustanable development.
He sued for team work and peaceful coexistence among states in the country, saying “it takes the village to raise the world” and that the rural community requires integration to build the global village.
The Envoy who congratulated Governor Emmanuel for the vision of sterring affairs of the state to attract global attention, noted that America and Nigeria have a long history of economic partnership in the areas of education, health, infrastructure and science noting that such partnership would be extended to benefit the state.
At a banquet held in honour of the envoy , the Speaker of the State House of Assembly Hon Onofiok Luke expressed appreciation to the Governor for putting in place impactful leadership strides that have launched the state into the global community maintaining that the envoy is attracted to the state by the Governor’s good governance.
he visit which was preceded by a red carpet reception, climaxed in a state Gala in honour of the Diplomat with cultural performances and comedy shows adding a touch of colour to the admiration of the envoy .