There is hope in the horizon for entrepreneurs and other members of the business community in Akwa Ibom State, as Governor Umo Eno has opened discussions with the Peoples Republic of China towards securing trade privileges for people of the State.

This cheering news was the outcome of interactions between the State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno and the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory,

Governor Eno, while briefing Government House correspondents at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo, upon his return to the State, said discussions with Chinese Ambassador was strategic for the accomplishment of the goals of the ARISE Agenda and a step in the right direction for Akwa Ibom people.

He explained that it was important to initiate such interactions in view of State Government’s intentions to collaborate with China in areas, including agricultural machineries, industry and tourism, as well as a trade trip of an Akwa Ibom delegation of young entrepreneurs to China to explore business opportunities.

These, he affirmed, were in keeping with his campaign promises to propel Akwa Ibom youths to the horizon of entrepreneurship, by exposing them to the global business environment while also bringing the world to them.

In his words, “During the campaigns we said we were going to support our young people who are in business and make them go international through certain products. This is the beginning of that discussion so that we can begin to have a trade delegation.

“We are also meeting them on agricultural machineries, industrial park and tourism. There are a whole lot of things we believe that we can collaborate with the Chinese, and it is important that we start talking to them. But particularly, we believe that at the end of it, we should be able to lead a delegation to China of some of our young entrepreneurs who will want to do business in China,” he said.

Governor Eno, while reassuring everyone that his administration will take Akwa Ibom people to a desired destination, however, sued for patience and support of the people.

“As a businessman, I target and strategize. And I take one step at a time. Like I told Akwa Ibomites, we are taking one step at a time. We will not be able to do everything in one day. But I know that we will get there eventually”, Governor Eno stated.

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