By Fortune Abang
Abia state government says it will continue to sustain its investment lead in the nation’s economy in spite of challenges.
Prof. Anthony Agbazuere, Chief of Staff to Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, made this known on Saturday in Umuahia.
He said this while receiving the Planning and Organising Committee of the National Symposium on Niger Delta Infrastructhure Development and Promotion of Non-Oil Sector.
The symposium is initiated by the Africa Business Ventures and Investment Group (ABVIG) with Office of the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Federal Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment, and Abia collaborating.
Agbazuere commended the committee on the choice of Abia as host for the symposium, scheduled to hold from Aug. 10 to Aug. 13, and for rating facilities in the state as of international standard.
He said: “We are impressed that the facilities you saw in Abia that has to do with your programme are rated to be of international level, which is commendable.
“We give all the credit to God and we thank Gov. Ikpeazu, who has worked so hard to make sure that infrastructures within the state are improved upon.
“Although Abuja is the capital of Nigeria and Lagos was also capital of Nigeria with all relevant facilities, outside these two, Abia is still leading on economic investment, so we are number one in Nigeria.
“Abuja and Lagos are not necessarily states, but something else, so as for comparison to other states, we thank God that our efforts are being rewarded and appreciated.
“I can attest to the fact that the governor we have is someone who is determined not to loose guards, but to further sustain the state development tempo”.
He said that in terms of security, Abia remained safest state in Nigeria, adding that a dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed as a proactive steps to tackle security issues in the state.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr Moses Owharo, Chairman and CEO of ABVIG, said that the symposium was designed to achieve economic blueprint in the Niger Delta.
Owharo, who is also Chairman of the Committee, said that the choice of Abia was borne out of the economic potential which abound in the state.
“The project is a private sector led initiative organised in collaboration with the Federal Government and the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta has confirmed its support for this noble project.
“This is coming at a very challenging time, in terms of economy and security that affects business operations in Nigeria.
“It is also worsened by the Coronavirus pandemic, but we are optimistic that at end of the symposium, there will be deliverables to boost the socio-economic fortunes of the state,” Owharo said. (NAN)