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Obaseki, U.S. partner on agric, health, education, others

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
25 May 2022   |   2:39 am
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the United States are exploring areas of investment to sustain gains recorded by the Obaseki-led government in agriculture, economy, healthcare

[FILES] Obaseki. Photo/ facebook/godwinobasekiofficial

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the United States are exploring areas of investment to sustain gains recorded by the Obaseki-led government in agriculture, economy, healthcare and education, among others.

Obaseki disclosed this when he received the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, who was on a courtesy visit to the Government House, Benin City.

The governor said his government was sustaining efforts at engendering sustainable growth and development and ensuring economic prosperity for the Edo people.

He said: “For us, it is all about our economy. We have been able to grow our economy to align with its potential. We are addressing a whole lot of issues, particularly security and healthcare to sort out the economy.

“We are working to fire our economy to the extent that we utilise the economy to the benefit of our people, and one key driver for us is agriculture; food. The number one pressing issue in Nigeria today is food availability.”

Earlier in her speech, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, saluted the government for its anti-human trafficking laws, noting that they had helped in curbing irregular migration among young people in the state.

While restating the support of the United States, she further hailed Obaseki for its various programmes to positively engage Edo youths.