The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has sought the collaboration of the Government of France in attracting French companies to invest in the State, especially the Enyimba Economic City.

Governor Ikpeazu who was speaking when he received in audience, the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Jerome Pasquier who paid him a courtesy visit at his Umuobiakwa Country Home.

He assured that his government will provide the necessary support needed by such French companies to invest in the state.

Dr Ikpeazu said he expects great collaboration from the French Government in the areas of Agriculture and Technical Education.

The Governor disclosed that his government plans to build a Youth Eco-System where Abia Children could acquire skills as to have citizens who can fit into the technological demands of the 21st century and appealed to the Ambassador to partner the state in that regard.

Dr Ikpeazu who described Education as key to success in every other venture, said that the focus of the state is on Technical Education and solicited the French Government to do more in that regard.

Earlier, the French Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Jerome Pasquier said that the French Government is open to any possibility of working with Abia State in the area of Education and Agriculture

He described Abia as one of the best places in Nigeria for investment and promised to make French presence to be felt in the State.

The Governor also presented some Made in Aba items as commemorative gifts to the Ambassador.

The French Ambassador had earlier arrived Government House Umuahia and was received by the Chief of of Staff to the Governor, Dr. ACB Agbazuere. He was also later conducted round the National War Museum Umuahia.

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa and the Coordinator of the Education For Employment (E4E) program of the State Government, Mr. Endi Ezengwa was also part of the event.

Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
9th March 2021.

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