Wike calls for foreign direct investments to Rivers State

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  has  called  on  Ikwerre professionals  in the United States of America  and Canada to work towards attracting foreign direct  investments to the state.

Speaking  in Port Harcourt  on Saturday night during a dinner/fund raising  organised by the Ogbakor Ikwerre USA and Canada to mark the end of its  International Conference on Ikwerre, Governor Wike said such investments  would assist the state government  fast track development.

He said the commitment  of the Ogbakor  Ikwerre  USA and Canada to the development  of  Ikwerre land and Rivers State  remains commendable,  adding that attracting foreign  direct investments in the agricultural  sector  would be appreciated.

The governor  said : “The professionals  in the Ogbakor Ikwerre USA and Canada  have already done a lot for Ikwerre  land. But I want to call on the group and her key members  to attract foreign  direct investments to Rivers State.

“We will  easily partner with investors who  are committed to investing in the area of agriculture.  Any such investor will be given access to land and the requisite certificate  of  occupancy.  We believe  that  this will  create jobs and expand   our economy “.

He called  on  Ikwerre  people to promote  intra-ethnic unity while they forge areas of partnership  with other ethnic groups in the state.

The governor  said  that  despite  several challenges,  the Ikwerre  Ethnic Nationality  has come of age, with all other ethnic groups  appreciating their contributions to the growth of Rivers State and Nigeria.

“Never again will anyone think that Ikwerre is not an important  ethnic nationality.  But, we must continue  to  build links of friendship  and cooperation  with other ethnic  nationalities to enhance  development  in Rivers State .

“I am a typical  Ikwerre  man. I owe nobody  an apology.  If there is the next world, I will gladly be an Ikwerre man “, he said.

In his remarks,  President of Ogbakor Ikwerre USA and Canada, Mr Fortune Woluwo  said the association  plans to build a skills acquisition  centre in Ikwerre land  to empower youths with  skills to eke out a living.

He added that the association  is working out support for the less privileged in Ikwerre land  in different  sectors  of  the  economy.

Chairman of the occasion, Former  President of NBA,  Chief OCJ Okocha (SAN ) said the Diaspora Association  deserves support  for its investments in the state.

Former Deputy  Speaker  of the House of Representatives, Hon Austin Opara  said the Ikwerre people  are happy  with  Governor Wike  for transforming the landscape  of  Rivers State  and serving as a worthy ambassador  of the ethnic nationality. 


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