Governor Godwin Obaseki and French ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer
The French government has expressed its desire to collaborate with the Edo state government in its efforts to boost the economy of the state by investing in agriculture and technology.
This was disclosed when the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer visited the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki at Government House Benin City in march 31st, 2017.
According to the Ambassador, “We are in Edo State to see what areas we can collaborate or do more in bi-lateral relationship. I have done financing of development projects in many parts of Nigeria, but we have not been present in the state. French Development Agency has provided more than one billion Euros in soft loan to finance projects in Nigeria, especially in the electricity sector. We are hoping to be here”.
Gauer, speaking after a tour of the Lady Mechanic workshop at the Government House, expressed delight on the successes recorded by the Obaseki’s administration so far, and for creating an enabling environment for women to thrive.
“I am pleased with what I saw here today. I am very impressed; ladies are doing a man’s job. This activity is to show to women that mechanic activities are a positive one as it puts food on their tables and earns them a living. We are going to invest in the state to help provide more jobs for the people”.
Responding, Governor Obaseki appreciated the agency’s investment in Traffic management, Transportation, Electricity, SMEs etc. revealing that his administration was ready to collaborate with the French Government through the French Development Agency.
He noted that both parties had exchanged views and contacts and that in the next few weeks, his administration would be in contact with the agencies, while he hoped that the contact would yield positive results.
Meanwhile, he addressed the issue of human trafficking, saying that his administration was doing all in its power to discourage the phenomenon.
By: SIMON EBEGBULEM
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