As part of its efforts to diversify its foreign direct investments, the government of Akwa Ibom m is completing preparations to obtain a 1.4 billion dollar investment from the Moroccan government.
Governor Udom Emmanuel revealed this when he received African football gladiators, led by the President of the Confederation of African Football, Mr. Patrice Motsepe, on a courtesy visit to the government house in Uyo just before the CAF finals between Orlando Pirates of South Africa and Nahdet Berkane of Morocco.
Governor Emmanuel used the opportunity to highlight the tremendous investment potential in the state, assuring the envoys of a safe, secure, and rewarding business environment.
Some of the elements that encourage FDIs in the state include the state’s 21-story smart building, one of the best for international firms, the state’s 36.1 percent oil resource, the 129.1-kilometer shoreline, and good road and air transport facilities, and the state’s tranquil atmosphere.
He commended Mr. Lekjaa Fouzi, Moroccan Minister of Finance and President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, for his country’s $1.4 billion investment in the state’s agriculture sector, and asked him to expedite the project’s completion in the interests of both Akwa Ibom and Morocco.
The Governor praised CAF and the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, for selecting Uyo as the host city for the athletic event, stating that football has remained an influential uniting factor in Nigeria, and congratulated the South African and Moroccan teams for reaching the finals.
Patrice Motsepe, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), praised Governor Udom Emmanuel for the warm welcome he gave the CAF delegation and for ensuring that the arrangements for the seamless hosting of the CAF Confederation finals were in place.
In a penalty shootout, Friday night at The Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Nahdet Berkane of Morocco defeated the Orlando Pirates of South Africa by five goals to four.