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Okowa in China, tours manufacturing companies


Okowa inspecting rice harvesting machine at the ongoing Nigeria-China Governors Investment Forum in China. With him is Mr. Kindsley Emu, Honourlable Commissioner for Economic Planning, Delta State.

Delta State Government has embarked on a tour of some major manufacturing companies in Beijing, China, in line with its desire to turn the state into a manufacturing centre and commercial hub.

The tour, which falls within the government economic policies, saw Governor, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, leading some members of the state delegation to the 1st Nigeria-China Governors Investment Forum.

The idea behind the tour is to initiate preliminary talks with core investors to establish factories and other production centres across the State; following the SMART AGENDA of the Okowa administration with a view to providing thousands of jobs for both young graduates and unskilled labourers.

The governor was quoted in a statement by his Executive Assistant on Communication, Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, as saying that, “Investment in jobs creation, infrastructure development and other socio-economic advancement initiatives are uppermost in the scheme of things in my administration and we are ready to go extra miles to attract local and international investors to Delta State.

“I am here in China for serious business and not for sightseeing. I am not here for tea party. I am here to search everywhere in Beijing to engage investors, manufacturers, big time farmers and prime companies that we can partner with; to help us revolutionise Delta State economy and turn our state to a super and prosperous economic hub.

“We need to make thousands of our youths great entrepreneurs and millionaires through sound economic policies, and good governance initiatives anchored on highly proactive leadership that attracts foreign investors to enable us speedily actualise the prosperity for all Deltans mantra of this administration.

“We are going round everywhere to talk to big time industrialists, manufacturers and experts in production of goods and services; and at the end of this investment forum we should be able to commence urgent paper work with our foreign investment partners and equipment suppliers. We are working very hard, piloting a new era of massive socioeconomic remodelling of our state.”

The governor and his team are among six other state teams from each of the geopolitical zones currently attending the 1st Nigeria-China Governors Investment Forum in Beijing.

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