Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has expressed willingness to partner with the American government in its renewed bid to revamp and reposition some critical sectors like agriculture, education and tourism sector of the economy.
Speaking when he received the American Consular-General, Mr. Joseph Stafford in Nigeria at Government House, Gov.Okorocha maintained that Imo has huge potentials that can be of great interest for American government, adding that the state has the longest deposit of gas in Nigeria capable of boosting further development of the state.
The governor lamented that though oil was first discovered in Imo state, the state is yet to receive the attention it deserves by the oil companies operating in Nigeria especially the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
He further urged American government to strengthen its relationship with Imo state and the entire South-eastern states of Nigeria by establishing its office in Owerri to enable it partner effectively in the ongoing transformation of Imo state.
Restating that Nigeria is not a terrorist country as portrayed owing to recent security challenges, Gov. Okorocha enjoined American government to assist the country in strengthening its democratic institutions to address the some temporary setbacks that have continued to cause failure in the system.
Earlier, the Consular-General, Mr. Joseph Stafford said his mission was to familiarize with the state government and further identify the possible areas of partnership.
Mr. Stafford lauded the developmental programmes of Gov. Okorocha and his free education policy, disclosing that American government ranks Imo as one of the outstanding states that have contributed largely in the development of Nigeria.
He assured that the Embassy will not hesitate to assist the state
government in areas that will continue to promote the relationship between Nigeria and America as other areas that will boost infrastructural development in Imo state.
For: SSA Media to the Governor
30th January, 2012