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Obaseki Receives US Ambassador, Promises To Make Edo An Economic Hub

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Governor Godwin Obaseki presenting a gift to the US Ambassador, Mr. Stuart Symington
Governor of Edo
State, Godwin Obaseki has disclosed that part of his
administration’s strategic plan was to ensure that Edo State becomes an
economic hub through agricultural and industrial activities.

This
was as he received the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington
and his team in Government House yesterday during a working visit.
Governor
Obaseki, who expressed happiness on the visit, said his government’s
plan for development was to build on the foundation laid by his
predecessor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole.
“I
will consolidate on the work of my predecessor who has changed the
fundamental landscape of the state. Coming in as an opposition, we
worked hard, built trust, and helped to open economic space. The agenda
is to consolidate on the work we started eight years ago”, he said.
Meanwhile,
the governor also expressed optimism that economic activities would
thrive in the state because of its central location in terms of major
infrastructure, gas and electricity.
He
said this administration, which promised to enhance the economic
well-being of the people by creating 200,000 jobs, had charged the
youths to avail themselves the opportunity to get employment through
agricultural services.
He
revealed that his government would invest in capacity building so that
the people could acquire requisite skills that would make them to be
productive and self-reliant.
“Our
focus is to give the people the requisite skills. About 65% of our
population is under the age of 30 years, so we need to empower them with
the right knowledge so that they can be useful to themselves and the
society”, he added.
For
his part, the Ambassador, Stuart Symington, who commended the governor
for his good work, said the purpose of their visit was to ascertain how
Nigerians are working together to solve the challenges of their country.
He
added that America is determined to support Nigeria so that the
development enjoyed in other parts of the world could be replicated in
the country.
The consul general and other embassy officials accompanied the ambassador during the visit.

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