Akwa Ibom Governor seeks Foreign Direct Investment from Jamaica, Belgium

Posted by News Express | 15 January 2016 | 2,762 times

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has canvassed greater economic and bilateral cooperation between the state and the people of Jamaica and the Republic of Belgium.

Governor Emmanuel specifically solicited for foreign direct investment from both countries. He spoke during a courtesy visit on him by the Jamaican High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mrs. Ann Scott, accompanied by some Belgium diplomats at Government House, Uyo.

The Governor stated that economic opportunities abound in the coastal communities, particularly at the beaches, the ongoing deep sea port project and the sporting facilities which could boost tourism exchange between Akwa Ibom and the respective countries.

He maintained that the age-long brotherly identity existing between the people of Akwa Ibom, Jamaica and Belgium would help in building cultural ties in music and cuisine.

Mr. Emmanuel commended the interest of the two counties in promoting the humanitarian legacies of the legendary Mary Slessor in Akwa Ibom State. He remarked that his administration has already immortalised the late Slessor by naming streets after her and celebrating her role in the abolition of the killing of twins, adding that the cordial relationship would be maintained.

Earlier, the Jamaica High Commissioner to Nigeria noted that the hospitable nature of the people of Akwa Ibom has been appreciated across states.

She acknowledged that Jamaicans are proud people of African descent stating that several features identify Jamaica, Belgium and Akwa Ibom and mentioned the beautiful scenery, Culture, humanitarian services as well as food products as areas where the Countries share in similarities.

Ambassador Ann Scott commended Nigerians’ love for reggae music, which she said is rooted in Jamaica, stressing that African heritage abound in her home country. She expressed optimism that the cultural exchange through foreign direct investment would build African heritage and promote tourism.

The High Commissioner noted that nations have the responsibility of acknowledging their past to help understand challenges which their forefathers went through. She commended the State Government for immortalising the missionaries who enlightened the society on acts of slavery and other barbaric practices.

Ann Scott, who said that the visit was her first time of coming to Akwa Ibom, thanked the State Government for the hospitality accorded her and the Belgian diplomats. She promised to visit again during her holiday.

•Photo shows Governor Emmanuel.

Source: News Express

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