US commends Obaseki’s transparency, as gov invites American companies to invest in agric, industries, tech


US commends Obaseki’s transparency, as gov invites American companies to invest in agric, industries, tech

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (3rd right); his chief of staff, Chief Taiwo Akerele (2nd left); American Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Mrs Whitney Baird (2nd right); U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador W. Stuart Symington (left), and other U.S officials, during the governor’s visit to the American Embassy, in Abuja.

The
United States Government has commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for
running a transparent and accountable governance model that attracts
investors and assures greater opportunities for residents in the state.

This
submission was made by Visiting American Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State for African Affairs, Mrs Whitney Baird, who noted that the
governor has taken bold steps to curb irregular migration and human
trafficking which was hitherto rampant in the state.

She
said that the American government was an ally and partner in developing
human capital, boosting investor confidence, and entrenching democratic
values in the state.

Governor
Obaseki, on his part, said since assuming office in the last two and
the half years, he has focused on revamping basic education and teacher
training; use of technology in the primary school curriculum and
boosting investors’ confidence.

Noting
that a lot of planning and resources have gone into improving rural
infrastructure, primary health care and security in the state, the
governor insisted that at the core of his governance model is the
determination to ensure transparency and accountability in governance.
He added that efforts are being strengthened to entrench global best
practices in agriculture and food security for all citizens.

The
governor used the opportunity to invite American firms to invest in Edo
State, especially in the area of industries, manufacturing, solid
minerals, agriculture and technological transfer.

He
said the state was the right investment destination because it is home
to one of the most educated, trainable young people in Nigeria, in
addition to being a strategic logistics hub, with access to close to an
80-million population market within a 400 kilometer radius and less than
3 hour drive from major markets such as Lagos, Port Harcourt, Onitsha.

He
also noted that Edo state is a major power generating hub, with close
to 1,000 megawatts, a factor in production and security of investment.

The U.S envoy was accompanied to the session by the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador W. Stuart Symington.



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