Ndoma-Egba, Abang, hail Otu’s engagement with diplomats, development partners

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Former Senate Leader, Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba and lawmaker representing Boki/Ikom Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Victor Abang, have lauded Governor Bassey Otu for the step he took to engage members of the diplomatic community and development partners to open up investment opportunities across various sectors in Cross River State.

The Cross River State government recently organized its first Executive Governor’s Roundtable held in Abuja with the theme “building Cooperation for a Better Today and Resilient Future”, featuring diplomats, development partners and captains of industries.

Ndoma-Egba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), while describing the roundtable as a welcome development for which Governor Otu deserves commendation, said: “It is a strategic move to reengage Development Partners who exited the State in recent times. Cross River State was home to very many development partners, so many that a specific office was created to liaise with them in the past. The diplomatic community also found the State’s projects worthy and attractive. We however lost all the advantages recently. It is therefore a good thing to see that Governor Otu is re-establishing the lost contacts and opportunities for the advantage of the State especially in our areas of comparative advantage and tourism. It is part of the rebirth of the State.”

On his part, Hon Abang who was in attendance at the Executive Governor’s Roundtable said: “The Cross River State Executive Governor’s Roundtable was quite an exciting event. It is a commendable move and a breath of fresh air. It is good to see that the governor is making conscious efforts to woo investors for the purpose of developing Cross River State. With such initiative and the determined spirit with which His Excellency, Governor Bassey Otu is working, I see a greater and prosperous Cross River State under his leadership.”

Governor Otu, in his welcome address at the roundtable, had noted that “The economies of the world are growing in interconnectedness due to globalization, making for increased wealth creation opportunities and fluidity in investment and cooperation funds. The State is thus making frantic efforts to position its economy to take advantage of this increased mobility of corridor globally. Cross River State, also known as the People’s Paradise, is home to a constantly evolving economy with strong history as one of the most flourishing States for regional trade and diversified economy based on abundant resources, with a strong commitment towards sustainable economic, environmental and social development.

“The State’s fast growing economy reflects its strategic location with arable land suitable for variety of crops, vast deposits of diverse solid minerals, beautiful mountains and forest, hospitable people with a reputation as one of the safest places to work and live. The government has built on these strategic advantages towards making the state a hot-spot for tourism and businesses, with the annual Calabar Carnival tagged as the Biggest Street Party in Africa, hosting hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world.

“The State has opportunities for cooperation which cut across sectors such as infrastructure, healthcare, education, social development and humanitarian services, agribusiness, commerce and industry, manufacturing, solid minerals, oil and gas, tourism and hospitality.”

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