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Prince Eze Madumere.
Deputy Governor of Imo State.

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere has commended the British Government for her interest to partnering with Imo State and other South Eastern States with a view to finding a common interest for development.

Prince Madumere made the commendation when a high powered delegation from the British High Commission led by British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Harriet Thompson, hosted the Deputy Governor to a dinner last weekend in Owerri, the capital city of Owerri.

In an engaging conversation that bothered on development, the delegation had sought a strategic partnership with the State in divers areas, ranging from energy, infrastructure, education, transport and agriculture. 

In her entreaties, the British Deputy High Commissioner averred United Kingdom values very highly it's relationship with Nigeria and therefore is ever willing to work closely with her to ensure that Nigeria reaches its full potential given her vast human and material resources. 

The leader of the delegation further revealed of the Mission's exploit in the South East zone where it had extended its support through her Department For Foreign Trade (DIT), Department For International Development (DFID) and Political Adviser's Office.

The delegation from the United Kingdom also expressed worries over the preparedness of the State and the relevant institutions to conduct a free and effective general election come, 2019 following the threats being issued by separatist group, Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu. 

The lieutenant Governor of Imo Prince Madumere while expressing happiness over the partnership sought by the British delegation, explained that Imo will be very much interested in the area of developing her agriculture and agribusiness, mapping out some local government areas of the State that have both land mass  with fertile soil for agriculture.

The number two citizen of the State revealed that Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport has been designed to help in transporting and exporting farm produce to the destinations where they are needed. He added that the value chain of agriculture and agro-allied industries is huge, especially in the area of employment generation for the youths, which will reduce the crime rate and restiveness.

Prince Madumere also pointed out that Health Sector needs serious attention, regretting how woeful Okorocha led administration has performed in the sector despite its extensive importance to the well being of the people. He attributed the failure to the Chief Executive's disregard to expertise advice and policy summersault.

He hailed Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for keeping to her promise to deliver. He was also quick to raise issue of uncertainty that has befallen the major political parties in the country owing to internal schism.

He however hailed the leadership of All Progressives Congress for rising to the challenge towards resolving all other issues for a harmonious preparation towards the 2019 election.

The Deputy Governor who survived Governor Okorocha's impeachment onslaught following his victory at the courts also predicted that President Mohammadu Buhari will win Imo State and with good impacts generally in the South East.

He hinged his reasons on the performance of President Buhari in the South East, enumerating some of his major projects in the area of the construction of second Niger Bridge, major high ways in the zone. He insisted that the zone has never had it so good.

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