Governor Rochas Okorocha has carried his quest for the agricultural development of the state to Switzerland where he told an International Business Forum that his administration desired partnership and not financial assistance to move the state forward.
According to this Press Release from the Government House, while speaking at the Nigerian-Switzerland Trade and Investment Forum in Zurich , the Governor said that Imo only needed the technological skill to maximize its abundant agricultural potentials.
“We are not begging for money or hand-out, rather strategic partnership that would help the state grow with adequate returns for investor”, he said.
Governor Okorocha added that his administration stands ready to put down 30 percent of the total cost of any joint project as well guarantee free land and other necessary requirements needed by the investors.
He said that Imo remained the only state with zero tolerance for corruption and where there was a major pool of resources, market and labour for potential investors.
Governor Okorocha enjoined investors to disregard reports that Nigeria is corruption–prone and described Imo as an investors’ haven where businessmen are guaranteed profits at the shortest possible period.
“Now that we have unveiled our potentials, we are waiting for all genuine investors to come and take advantage of all we have to offer. We don’t want briefcase contractors who will get a contract, mobilization and disappear, rather genuine businessmen who will partner with us for the growth of the state”.
In his speech, the Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, Umunna Orjiakor lamented that European governments encourage and keep the monies from corrupt leaders only to turn around to accuse the country for corruption.
It will be recalled that Governor Okorocha has taken far-reaching measures to move agricultural sector forward, which he maintained remain the key to sustainable economic development. This includes concession of Imo Palm Plantation to Irish Company, Roche Group which earned the state N3.5 billion Naira and the launch of Rural Agricultural Programme [RAP] to plant over 10 million improved palm seedlings in all the communities of the state.