The Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan visited Dublin Republic of Ireland on the 17th of January 2014 to meet with Irish Investors and also receive an International Leadership Award from Metro Eireann Newspaper, the only Multicultural Newspaper in Ireland. His Excellency was Accompanied by Commissioners, Honorables and Special Advisers/Assistants .The visit allowed the Governor and his team to explore how Ireland and Nigeria can build a better, mutually beneficial, trade and investment relationship.
While in Dublin, the Governor met with some Nigerian residents who are leaders of Nigerian community groups in Ireland at the Shellbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green.
His Excellency, started by welcoming everyone to the forum and thanking the Editor-in chief of Metro Eireann Newspaper for organising such a forum.
At the forum, Governor Uduaghan highlighted his administration achievements, especially in the areas of job creation, ensuring good learning environment through massive infrastructural development in the education sector, good neighbourliness among ethnic nationalities.
“In the area of security, the Governor has ensured a peaceful state and he has done a lot to check security challenges including kidnapping which became obvious as a result of the militant activities in the Niger-Delta,” but has now become a thing of the past said Uduaghan. Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan was quick to mention that his administration’s “Delta Beyond Oil” policy was borne out of the need to save the state from over dependence on oil money. He explained that the main objective of the policy was to ensure that the state economy was resuscitated and conducive environment put in place for investments to thrive and thereby provide employment for the people without relying on revenue accruing from the oil sector. He said: “The ultimate goal of Delta Beyond Oil is to provide employment for our teeming population. Specifically we are concentrating on agriculture, culture, tourism and solid minerals to achieve our Delta Beyond Oil.”
The meeting was an eye-opener, it ended with questions and answers/networking.