Gov. Godswill Akpabio calls On foreign countries to give grants to Akwa Ibom for development May 22, 2012Posted by Ibompulpit in Economy, Government, News.
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AKPABIO CALLS ON FOREIGN COUNTIRES TO GIVE GRANTS TO AKWA IBOM FOR DEVELOPMENT
Governor Godswill O. Akpabio has called for grants from governments and Non-Governmental Organisations from foreign countries in the health and education sectors, among others to help in the development of Akwa Ibom State.
Akpabio, who made the call Tuesday when members of Foreign Military Advisers/Attachees from different countries in the world currently on tour of Akwa Ibom State led by Brigadier-General Lincoln Jackson Ogunewe paid him a courtesy visit at Governor’s Lodge, Uyo, said such grants would help the state government to undertake and complete more development projects beneficial to the people.
Akpabio further stressed the need for the foreign governments to partner the government in the aviation sector, observing that already, the state government was negotiating with Air France and Gulf Stream of United States of America on the need to take over the management of Maintainance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO) of Akwa Ibom International Airport, Uyo.
On the health sector, he hinted that his administration has sent more than 50 patients to India for treatment, and called on Indian Government to assist the state in the completion of Speciliast Hospital, Uyo for the treatment of special cases.
The Governor commended President Goodluck Jonathan administration for embarking on the transformation programme of the country, and blamed poor development in the country on the past leaderships.
”No commitment, interest and passion on the part of the past military regimes in the country in redressing the development that confronted the country for more than 30 years. The military used suppression and dominance in ruling the country then”, Akpabio stated.
Welcoming the advisers and attachees to the state, he stressed the need for them to take proper study of the state in order to advise other states to emulate Akwa Ibom.
Brigadier-General Ogunewe said they were military diplomats from different countries and their work was to establish and maintain defence corporations in countries.
Ogunewe noted that his department organizes tours, exposes them to the three tiers of government on their performance as well as culture of the country visited, commending Akwa Ibom government on the development strides of the state.
The foreign military advisers and attachees and their spouses come from Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Russia, Niger Republic, United Kingdom and United States of America.