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United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mrs. Mary Berth Leonard

By James Akpan

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The United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mrs. Mary Berth Leonard has assured of United States government readiness to partner Akwa Ibom government in key areas of economic development.

One of the areas is in the development of Ibom Deep Seaport.

This follows a presentation of the concept of Ibom Deep Seaport to the US Ambassador to Nigeria and her team by the chairman, Technical Committee on Ibom Deep Seaport, Mrs. MfonUsoro on the sideline of her three days working visit to the state.

The US Ambassador said the idea of her visit to the state and discussion with stakeholders in Akwa Ibom was to explore together ways to bring transparency and accountability efficiency into government.

Mrs. Leonard stated that Akwa Ibom State is one of the six states that is participating in the state to state programme, which is a programme of the US Agency for international Development, USAID.

She said her team was in Akwa Ibom state for a three day working visit to explore development opportunities existing in Akwa Ibom state.

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According to her, US investments were thriving in Akwa Ibom, a development she said would further strengthen the partnership and mentioned the health sector as one key area of significant growth.

She expressed delight on the investment made by Akwa Ibom state Government in the Health sector as evident in the improved health infrastructure, trained health workers, reversal of previous statistics in Malaria and HIV/AIDS despite the covid-19 pandemic.

The Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep seaport, Mr. Akan Okon explained that the meeting was aimed at exploring the various investment opportunities, available in Akwa Ibom.

Mr. Okon said the US team has agreed partnership with Akwa Ibom state Government.

The Commissioner noted that the discussion also focused on the accountability and transparency of the state to state meeting as it relates to Akwa Ibom state.

Mr. Akan Okon maintained that Governor Udom Emmanuel administration embraces the concept of open governance and had adopted citizens’ budgeting concept

He assured that Akwa Ibom State in few years will become a destination for all sorts of persons and lauded the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his developmental initiatives.

The US Ambassador had earlier paid a courtesy visit to governor Udom Emmanuel at Government House, Uyo.




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