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Uduaghan Woos Investors To Delta, Says Environment is very Conducive

Source: pointblanknews.com

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has assured investors that Delta State is very

safe for investment to thrive.
The Governor who met with investment community in Lagos at the weekend

stated that security challenges in the state have been reduced to the

barest minimum, emphasising that enabling environment has been created for

investors to do business.
Dr.Uduaghan disclosed that the state has two airports at Warri and

Asabawhile the Federal Government is constructing an airstrip at

Ogidigben, adding, that sea ports are located in Warri, Sapele, Burutu,

Koko, and Escravos.
The governor stated that the port at Escravos was being used by an oil

company and plans are on for another deep sea port to be constructed at

Ogidigben.
While linking some of the security challenges that affected the state to

environmental degradation that has affected the people's sources of

livelihood, Governor Uduaghansaid that his administration has engaged in

massive empowerment of the peoplewhich has curbed restiveness or violence,

asserting, “you dare not carry out piracy in Delta Waterways because the

youths in collaboration with JTF will arrest you.”

“There was problem of marginalisation by the Federal Government, state,

local government and oil companies, we have tried to empower our people

because crises are worsened when the people are hungry,” the Governor

said, assuring potential investors of a peaceful environment devoid of

violence ahead of the 2015 election.
According to him, “security issues are being well managed in Delta and I

want to assure you that in 2015, Delta State will not have security

challenges, everywhere will be peaceful,” emphasizing that his

administration was working on a state beyond oil because, “an economy that

is dependent on oil is not sustainable.”
“We have a One-Stop Shop to assist those who want to do business in Delta

State,” the Governor said, noting that work has commenced at the Warri

Industrial Park.
The Managing Director of Control Risk in charge of West Africa, Mr Tom

Griffin said, “Delta State is a land of opportunities,” and observed that

risks involved in doing business in the state are peculiar to what is

happening in other parts of Africa.
Dr Salami who spoke at the occasion, noted that Delta State is the fourth

highest economy in Nigeria, adding, “Delta has the foundation and is

building on those foundation, there is a lot of virgin areas for people to

invest on.”
The Managing Director of Chevron, Mr Andrew Fawthrop, attributed some of

the negative stories from the Niger Delta to media sensationalism, adding

that the area is safe for business.
Chairman of Delta State Economic Advisory Committee, Mr BismackRewane said

Governor Uduaghan's administration was pursuing a development programme

that is not dependent on oil, stating, “we are here to sell investment

opportunities, we want Delta State to be the most attractive investment

destination for investors.”
Others who spoke at the occasion, including Dr David Ige of the Nigeria

National Petroleum Corporation who disclosed that work has commenced at

the gas project at Ogidigben stated that Delta is safe for industries to

thrive.