Abia State Government Partners EU On Critical Priority Areas Of Hydro Power, Circular Economy And Human Development

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Abia State Governor, Dr Alex Otti has assured that his government would partner the European Union (EU) in three key areas of their proposed interventions in the state.

Governor Otti gave the assurance when he received in audience, the EU delegation to Nigeria and the ECOWAS, led by the Head of Section, Green and Digital Economy, Mrs Inga Stefanowicz.

Governor Otti said that the priority areas of the EU’s proposed interventions such as hydro power, circular economy and human development are in alignment with his adminstration’s policy thrust.

He maintained that his administration upon assumption of office declared a state of emergency in some of the areas and added that the government has been doing great works in all other areas of priorities already.

“Some of the priority projects, are also of importance to me. We had earlier on assumption of office declared a state of emergency on them.

“When we came on board, we found that there was a lot of areas requiring attention. Because we recognize that Rome was not built in a day, we chose areas of high impact including environmental sanitation, security, healthcare and education.

“The three projects are like music to my ears because they are projects that we have started even before this visit and all we want you to do is just to plug in.

“If you’re looking for 30% we already have done more than that but even if it doesn’t count, we can also put the money down.” Otti stated

Governor Otti assured that the state government would live up to it’s responsibility of providing the required 30% funding to kick start the project.

He expressed the hope that the partnership between the state and the EU would yield greater dividends for the people of the state.

Earlier, the Head of Section, Green and Digital Economy EU delegation to Nigeria and the ECOWAS, Mrs Inga Stefanowicz said they came to seek partnership with the Abia State government in some key areas of priorities including hydro power, circular economy and human development

She informed that Abia state was selected as one of the state that could benefit from the partnership and stressed the need for the state to commit counterpart fund of 30 percent to be qualified.