Former U.S Ambassador Robin Sanders was in Owerri recently to meet with Governor Rochas Okorocha. According to this communique from the Government House, the Imo State government and Bluefield Associates Incorporated have formed partnership to construct a commercial Industrial Park and residential estate in the state under Private- Public-Partnership [PPP].
Governor Okorocha, who stated this when he received a team of investors led by former U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Robin Sanders in Government House, Owerri said the state government is ready to play its part in the deal by providing the necessary economic incentive and land for the project. He expressed delight on the proposal stressing that the concept is totally in line with his industrialization and agricultural policies.
The governor reiterated that his administration would continue to partner with genuine investors to develop all sectors of the economy for enhanced revenue generation and overall development of the state. He further disclosed that much effort is being made to create enormous wealth in the state through agro-industrial venture which the governor admitted would add values to agricultural products.
The leader of the team, Ambassador Robin Sanders said the proposed venture with the state government is borne out of Governor Okorocha’s commitment to develop the critical sectors of the economy of the state.
She lauded the transformation initiative of the governor and expressed optimism that the partnership would create job opportunities and assist the state government access fund for further development from the international agencies.
Also speaking, the Vice President, Bluefield Associates Incorporated, Engr. K.C. Obioha said his firm would provide the initial equity, management as well as fund the project. He explained that the essence of venturing into such partnership with the state government is to contribute to the rapid industrialization of the state in line with governor Okorocha’s vision.
Engr. Obioha added that the industrial park would include an integrated personal care product manufacturing plant and agro-industry to process local agricultural products.
For those who want to know more about Amb.Sanders, her wikipedia profile reads as follows:
Robin Renee Sanders is the former United States
Ambassador to Nigeria. She was appointed by President George W. Bush on November 19, 2007.
Prior to her appointment as ambassador, she served as the International Advisor and Deputy Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
Prior to that she served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo (2002–2005) and as Director for Public Diplomacy for Africa for the U.S. State Department (2000–2002).
She served twice as the Director for Africa at the National Security Council at the White House (under President George H. W. Bush from 1988 to 1989, and President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 1999).
From 1996 to 1997, she was the Special Assistant for Latin America, Africa, and International Crime for the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. From 1994 to 1996 she served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor for a member of the House International Relations Committee.
Sanders received her Bachelor of Arts from Hampton University and her Master of Arts in international relations and Africa studies and Masters of Science in communications and journalism from Ohio University and her Doctor of Science (D.Sc) in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University.