By Victor Efeizomor
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, his Cross River State counterpart, Senator Liyel Imoke, and Publisher of THISDAY Newspaper, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, on Tuesday held talks with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda on how to fashion out modalities for social and economic cooperation.
The talks, which is under the auspices of South-south Economic Summit was led by Imoke, who is the chairman of the South-south Governors Forum. The two parties, it was gathered, were to share perspectives on issues of development, conflict and post-crisis management challenges with Rwanda in an emerging partnership between both parties.
To cement this new partnership, President Kagame will be in Nigeria later this month to give a talk during the Second Economic Summit of the South-south states billed for Asaba between April 26 and 28.
Fielding questions from journalists shortly after the delegation’s meeting with President Kagame in Kigali, on Tuesday evening, Uduaghan said the region under the BRACED Commission resolved to share from the Rwandan experiences.
“We believe we should have someone who have had experience and success in crisis management and post-crisis management in tackling our peculiar situation hence the need to look in the direction of President Kagame and Rwanda,” he stated.
He said that the objective was to come together to see how the region can come out of the crisis situation to become an investment destination.
Besides, Uduaghan stressed that the mission was to ensure how the South-south states can work together with Rwanda to develop the natural resources in the region for economic growth.
“We believe that the continent of Africa should first of all look inwards. What has been happening even from the colonial era is that we have been waiting for others to come and develop us.”
But we have the natural resources and most importantly the human resources in Nigeria and Rwanda to be able to grow far beyond where we are now,” he said.
Aside from Obaigbena, who is the chairman of the South-south Economic Summit Organising Committee, another member on the team was the Director-General of the BRACED Commission, Ambassador Joe Keshi
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