Nigeria’s Ambassador to Argentina, Chief Jonah Odo-Mkpuruka, has said that foreign investors are needed to grow the Ebonyi State economy, promising to help attract foreign investors to the state.
Odo-Mkpuruka in an interview with nesmen in Abakaliki said that Ebonyi could become a business hub in Nigeria, if the state economic potentials were adequately harnessed.
According to him, the state’s solid mineral and agriculture sectors have yet to be fully harnessed, adding that foreign investments in the two key sectors would enhance its economic development.
Odo-Mkpuruka, who is also the Nigeria Ambassador to Uruguay, Peru and Bolivia, promised to ensure that Nigerians in the four countries under his mandate were not maltreated by their host countries.
“Our first priority is to effectively represent the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to project the good image of our dear country in these countries.
“We will encourage foreign investors to invest in Nigeria and in particular, we will bring them to come and invest in our solid minerals and agriculture sectors.
“Ebonyi is richly endowed with solid minerals and fertile land for rice, yam and Cassava production; we are going to bring them to open up these areas, to create job opportunities for our people.
“We are going to engage the foreign investors and make sure that we attract enough foreign investment that will assist in developing the economy of our state.
“The Federal Government has enabling foreign economic policies to drive our initiative and we must key into this to create wealth for our people, “ Odo-Mkpuruka said.
He commended the anti-graft war of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and appealed to Nigerians to support the President in his bid to reposition the country.
“ We must all rise in support of the ongoing war against financial corruption if the country must move forward because the greatest hindrance to our development is financial corruption and the president has enormous political will to stamp out financial corruption.
“He needs our support in this fight and I am calling on patriotic citizens of our dear country to rally round the president to achieve total victory in the campaign, “ he added.