The British High Commissioner to Nigeria Richard Montgomery has met with Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara and major stakeholders in the state to explore areas of collaboration to develop business and investment in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Friday by the British High Commission in Abuja, stressing that the meeting, which was held between the 24th and 25th of January, witnessed high-level discussions with UK development and business partners, business leaders and the civil society.
During the two-day visit discussions were centered on economic partnership that has existed between Rivers State and the UK, recent developments and future opportunities, the statement said.
The High Commissioner also visited Shell Nigeria and Indorama at their operational bases and had discussions on the opportunities for growth and improvements in the extraction and manufacturing sections.
He sought their views on efforts to advance UK investment in the state, and possible areas of partnerships to help boost economic growth and job creation.
The High Commissioner also met with NGOs and Nigerian government actors working on oil clean up and representatives of civil society organisations, operating across Rivers State and the wider Niger Delta.
At the end of the visit, the British High Commissioner, Richard Montgomery, said: “Rivers State is particularly important as a large economy, with strong assets and institutions, important for Nigeria’s national economy.
“I came to listen and learn about recent developments, and gather insights about some of our UK-Nigeria economic partnerships: the impact they have made so far, and the potential for more.
“We very much want to continue developing these bonds – both with governments and civil society – to enhance prosperity within the region.”