The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr. Richard Montgomery, and Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, have announced a collaboration between the United Kingdom (UK) and Enugu State aimed at promoting mutual economic benefits. Dr. Montgomery expressed the UK’s keen desire to exploring trade and investment partnerships, visiting Enugu to gain insight into the state’s potential areas of collaboration.
Governor Mbah highlighted the historical significance of Enugu State and its desire to regain its prominent position. He shared an ambitious vision for the state, including the transformation of Enugu into a premier destination for investment, business, living, and tourism. Additionally, the governor expressed the state’s commitment to reducing poverty, which currently exceeds the national average.
Governor Mbah emphasized the importance of partnerships and collaborations in achieving their goals, referring to the history of cooperation between Enugu State and the UK. He also requested the restoration of the British Council and the UK visa facilitation centre in Enugu, citing the city’s historical significance and its potential to enhance trade, investment, and cooperation between the UK and the state.
Mbah informed Dr. Montgomery about the upcoming Investment and Economic Growth Stakeholder Roundtable in September, which will pave the way for the Enugu State Diaspora and Investment Forum scheduled for April 2024. These events aim to showcase the state’s investment potential and attract support for its development.
The governor sought technical assistance from the UK government, particularly in the power sector, to develop and establish the Enugu electricity market and regulatory commission. Given the devolution of power to the Concurrent List in Nigeria’s constitution, he stressed the importance of UK support in this area. Additionally, Mbah requested the UK government’s assistance in establishing Enugu State as a special agro-allied processing zone, aligning with the administration’s manifesto and the federal government’s designation of the state for this purpose.
Mbah expressed Enugu State’s interest in participating in a private-sector-led green economic transformation, specifically in the field of renewable energy. The state aims to meet its power requirements through sustainable sources. Therefore, the governor emphasized the need for technical assistance and support from the UK.
The partnership aims to leverage Enugu State’s historical significance, attract investments, eradicate poverty, and promote sustainable economic development.
SOURCE: Within Nigeria