– The Taiwanese government says it is interested in investing in Imo state
– The country’s promise is however tied to political considerations in the southeast state
– Taiwan Head of Mission in Nigeria, Vincent Yang, says partnership will come to fruition depending on who emerges governor
The Taiwanese government, through its Head of Mission in Nigeria, Vincent Yang, says it is interested in investing in Imo state.
The diplomat’s promise, however, seems to be tied to some political considerations in the southeast state.
Yang during a courtesy call on the United Progressive Party (UPP) Imo governorship candidate; Honourable Tony Nwulu, on Saturday, December 1, said his country is ready to partner the lawmaker if he emerges governor in 2019.
He said based on the track records of the federal lawmaker, the Taiwanese government will not hesitate to partner with Imo state by rolling in huge investments in the state.
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In his remarks, Honourable Nwulu, who represents Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency in Lagos state in the House of Representatives, but hails from Ezinihitte Mbaise in Imo state, highlighted the impressive role Taiwan has played in shaping the global economy, recalling how it emerged as one of the “Asian Tigers” that brought economic boom in Asia.
He said there is need for Imo state to tap into the boundless economic benefits provided by Taiwan.
He said if elected governor of Imo state, the UPP-led government, will engage Taiwan as a crucial partner that will invest in key sectors of the Imo economy.
Honourable Nwulu who presented a document outlining his vision and plans for Imo state, told the Taiwanese Head of Mission in Nigeria, that with the aid of the Taiwenese government, key sectors of the Imo economy such as agriculture, tourism and industrialization will be revived for the overall benefit of the people of Imo state and Taiwan.
He expressed optimism that such investment will strengthen the relationship between the good people of Imo state and Taiwan.
He said the people of Imo state and Taiwan are enterprising, stating that there is need to harness such qualities for the overall benefit of Imo people and Taiwan.
Honourable Nwulu however expressed worry on the dwindling state of infrastructure of the state, stating that Imo has great potentials in agro allied, tourism and solid minerals which the Taiwanese government can invest in.
Honourable Nwulu recently declined to celebrate his 40th birthday due to current happenings in Imo state.
The federal lawmaker said his turning 40, has rather put him in a sombre and melancholic state.
“I thank all my well wishers, friends, supporters and families, who had plans to make this day, a day worthy of note for me. Thank you for your concern, and goodwill, but I’ll rather pray and reflect on what needs to be done to make Imo great again,” a said in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, November 14.
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