The governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi has appealed to the United States government to assist the state develop its agriculture and solid minerals sector.
Umahi made the appeal in Abakaliki when he received the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symminton.
He said Ebonyi had huge agricultural potential s well as mineral resources, such as limestone, salt and lead, which were yet to be developed.
Gov. Umahi added that the state was reputed for rice production in the whole West Africa in which salt and limestone deposits were among the best in the world.
He sought U. S. assistance in the area of technological enhancement to effectively develop these sectors, as the state was currently using three technical colleges to develop indigenous technology,
He thanked the U.S.for its various interventions in Nigeria, some of which had benefitted Ebonyi.
“We solicit your cooperation to attract investment in the state as we have provided the enabling environment for economic investments to thrive.
Security provision in the state is one of the best in the country as we have massively invested in infrastructure development to attract investment opportunities.
Our allocation from the Federation Account is meagre and this made us insist on quality in our constructions, such as roads due to our soil texture.
We placed this emphasis on infrastructure development to solve our under-development challenges occasioned by several years of abject neglect from states we hitherto belonged,” he said.
Symminton said he was in the state to deepen the relationship between the U.S. and Ebonyi.
“We are determined to ensure a more robust relationship built on trust and which would assist the state in the development of its economic and social sectors,” he said.
He commended the governor for his achievements in agriculture, infrastructure and the social sector, and promised the U.S. would assist the state in realizing its development objectives.
“We would ensure effective integration of your economic potential and enhance opportunities to attract massive economic investment in the state,” he said.