By Usiere Akpan
The Akwa Ibom government has appealed to expatriates to undertake massive mega economic and social oriented investment projects in the state.
Gov Udom Emmanuel made the request during a visit on him by the a team of diplomats led by the President, Confederation of African Football, CAF, Mr. Patrice Motsepe, at Government House, Uyo, at the weekend.
The governor said that all foreign direct investment projects are safe and secure with assurances of business atmosphere and opportunities of lucrative profits in the state, explaining that it was ideal for more foreign investors to urgently consider setting up business concerns in parts of the state.
He appreciated the government of Morocco for the choice of Akwa Ibom for the $1.4 billion investment interest in the agricultural sector and called for the fast-tracking of theventure, maintaining that his administration has numerous infrastructure and investment opportunities to support upcoming foreign institutions.
Motsepe appreciated the Akwa Ibom government for the warm reception accorded the delegation from the CAF and for ensuring that modalities were in place for CAF scheduled matches in the state, noting that the massive infrastructural projects were facelifts attracting the CAF, while other economic ventures may join.
He appreciated the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, for its initiatives towards transforming the game of football in Nigeria, harping on the need for all African countries to work in unity.
The boss of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, appreciated Emmanuel for identifying with sports development in the country and the CAF for choosing Akwa Ibom to host the CAF finals, hinting that the Godswill Akpabio Stadium has been listed among stadia designated for matches in the planned Nigeria-Benin Republic co-hosting of the Africa Nations Cup in 2025.
The visit preceded the CAF cup finals at the Nest of Champions, Uyo, between the Orlando Pirates of South Africa and Nahdet Berkane of Morocco.