By NBF News

A GROUP of entrepreneurs and stakeholders of Rivers State have sought collaboration with the Governor of the State to organize an Investors' Forum to display the investment opportunities in the state and its environs.

Speaking at a media parley in Lagos, Chairman of Organising Committee Mr. Atedo Peterside said 'As you are aware, Rivers State and its environs are strategic to the economic well-being of Nigeria and it is therefore important that the area develops into a robust and secure commercial hub.'

He stated that a direct consequence of this is that it would help diffuse threats to the energy security of the world and should be a catalyst for the development of Oil and Gas activities around the Gulf of Guinea in a safe and environmentally friendly atmosphere.

Mr Chibuike Amaechi,
Explaining the effect of the collaboration he stressed that the collaboration will help boost economic activities in the State and its environs and also facilitate a turnaround nationally that will help the country attain and surpass the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

'The Forum is expected to attract high level international and national participation including existing and prospective corporate investors. Other participants will include high ranking Federal and State Government officials.'

However, the forum 'Rivers State Investors' Forum 2011' titled 'Change that works' scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt from 16 to 18 November, a call to perspective local and international corporate investors and all stakeholders.

On the other hand, Secretary, organizing committee Mr. George Utomi said the forum will open potential business opportunity as well as create room for new business associates and something new.

Utomi explained that the investment in Rivers State is necessary as it will reflect and add to investment in Nigerian

'I think the task of developing our environment should not be left to Government alone, this initiative came because those of us in the private sectors believe that anytime you leave the government alone to do some things, they are generally over burdened'.

Objectively he pointed that the aim of the forum is to ensure that more entrepreneur are attracted to the unique opportunity open to them.

'We in the private sector if we can join hands with them to grow the economy, to grow job develop the environment we can then improve the standard of living of the governed and whether you are governing at the political level or you are governing at the corporate level,' he said.

However, delegates are required to pay a fee of N75,000 or US$500 and they can either complete and submit the physical Registration Form which can be detached from our Information Flyer along with their cheque to the offices of our Forum Consultants or they can visit our Forum website and register online:

The group of 8 persons who came together to constitute the Organising Committee are: Chairman, Mr Atedo Peterside, Mr George Etomi, Mr Tonye Cole, Mr Tein George, Mr Emmanuel Georgewill, Senator John Azuta Mbata, OCJ Okocha MFR, Mr Herbert Wigwe.