Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi , says the state government is willing to partner the government of the United State of America (USA) in building a stronger diplomatic relationship for rapid infrastructural growth and economic development.Governor Amaechi stated this yesterday when a delegation from United States Embassy in Nigeria led by its Consul-General , Amb Jeffrey Hawkins visited him in Government House , Port Harcourt.
Represented by his Deputy, Engr Tele Ikuru, Governor Amaechi said the collaboration would afford the state the opportunity to cement the already existing relationship with the United State Government and open new doors for progress and development of the people, noting that the state government has made remarkable achievements in its transformation agenda, especially in areas of education, health, agriculture, infrastructure, security and peace” in its efforts in providing good governance and quality service to the people.
The state chief executive described the state as a commercial hub of the nation with abundant resources for investors to take advantage, adding that the issue of insecurity in the state is now a thing of past as the state government has tackled criminality with provision of jobs and human capacity building.
Earlier, Amb Hawkins had expressed satisfaction with Governor Amaechi and the state government for the efforts in maintaining peace, security and creating enabling environment for business, pointing out that the relationship between the American and Nigerian governments had resulted in Americans citing their companies in Nigeria.
He said Rivers State is the first state in Nigeria he is visiting, expressing optimism that the visit would avail him the opportunity to know more of the Niger Delta people and assess the progress of the Federal Government Amnesty exercise, and establish a better partnership for economic development and mutual respect.