Obaseki, partner of the US government to support investments in agriculture, health, education, etc.
Edo State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the United States are exploring areas of investment to support the gains made by the Obaseki-led government in agriculture, economy, health and education. education, among others.
Obaseki revealed this when he received US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, who was on a courtesy call at Government House, Benin City.
The governor said his government is continuing its efforts to bring about sustainable growth and development and ensure economic prosperity for the people of Edo.
He said: “For us, it’s all about our economy. We have succeeded in growing our economy to bring it into line with its potential. We’re tackling a whole bunch of issues, including safety and health to sort out the economy.
“We strive to boost our economy as we use the economy to benefit our people, and one of the main drivers for us is agriculture; food. The number one pressing issue in Nigeria today is food availability.
“We are going to make sure we focus on food production and economic growth. We engage with our young people and try to position them to take advantage of the opportunities of culture and technology on a global scale.
“To be economically competitive, the key asset you need is your employees. the main driver they need is education. They must be educated. We emphasize education, especially basic education,” he added.
Reaffirming his government’s commitment to ending the threat of human trafficking and illegal migration in Edo, Obaseki added, “We have realized that it is this lack of hope and poor education that fuels irregular migration, and we have tried as much as possible to reduce this threat of irregular migration by creating hope for them; nobody wants to leave the house if the house is comfortable.
Highlighting the success recorded by his administration in the health sector, the governor said the state has partnered with the Association of Nigerian Physicians of the Americas (ANPA) to provide free medical assistance to the people of Edo.
He said, “A few weeks ago we hosted 67 doctors in our state and they worked with our staff on the ground to improve the delivery of quality health care to our people. For us, with health care, this is the foundation. If we have the right basic health footprint, as well as the training of community health care leaders, it won’t be too difficult to treat diseases like malaria and distribute vaccines. »
Regarding culture, Obaseki added, “For us as a government, our goal is to position Edo for the subcontinent. We are working with the European government in the areas of storage and preservation facilities and the Nigerian government, to strengthen the facilities of the national museum monuments.
“We are looking forward to working with the Royal Palace to build a royal collection and the idea is to build the Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA) where you will have plenty to see when you arrive. ”
Earlier in her speech, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, praised the government for its anti-trafficking laws, noting that they have helped curb irregular youth migration in the state.
While reassuring the support of the United States, she further commended the Obaseki-led government for its various programs aimed at positively engaging the youth of Edo.
Leonard further revealed that museums in the United States of America are stepping up efforts to repatriate Beninese artifacts in their possession.