From Okey Sampson, Umuahia
The governor of the state of Abia, Okezie Ikpeazu, sought greater cooperation between the state and the French government to help develop the agricultural sector, micro-small and medium-sized enterprises as well as the economic city project of ‘Enyimba.
Governor Ikpeazu, speaking in Paris, at a meeting with French Minister of Trade and Commerce Franck Riester, Ikpeazu aside applauding the existing relations between the French government and the people of Abia State in particular and Nigeria in general called for greater engagement in the areas of animal husbandry with particular emphasis on Efi Igbo (Igbo cow), vocational training of young people from Abia in agriculture, aquaculture, processing and export of agricultural products.
He also sought support for the development of MSMEs in the state, particularly those exporting Made-in-Aba brands.
Governor Ikpeazu, who led a delegation to the European country on a visit facilitated by the French Embassy in Nigeria, described Enyimba’s economic town project as the largest development program in Nigeria and Africa currently and called on the French government and investors to seize the project.
The governor of Abia, already back in the country, called the trip very successful, saying his administration will continue to seek partnerships that will ultimately ensure a better life for the people of the state.
“Our goal remains to bequeath a better Abia to the people of the state that gave us their mandate and this trip is one of many such efforts. We hope that a lot of positive points will come out of this engagement, ”he said.
The visit also examined the planned creation of a TVET village in Nsulu in partnership with Schneider Electric from France.
Other areas covered included the Waste to Energy project, bamboo plantation, production and its value chain, solar power generation and solar street lighting.