Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has called on the United States of America to set up a visa office in Port Harcourt to cater for the travelling needs of the South-south and South-east zones of the country.
Governor Wike who stated this when the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Stuart Symington visited him in Port Harcourt, explained that setting up of the office would ease the stress of constant travelling to Lagos or Abuja to obtain a visa.
He promised to provide necessary logistics for the establishment of the visa office in Rivers state.
“The establishment of that visa office is very keen. We have all the oil companies here. All the multinationals are here. We have international flights that come to Port Harcourt. If it’s about the building, we are willing to pay for a building as you would want it. If you can assure us, I can say that within the next six to seven months, I can deliver the office, to tell you how important it is to the people of Niger-Delta and of course to the South-east.”
Governor Wike also said Rivers state is willing to collaborate the United States in the areas of agriculture, investment and tourism with the aim of creating employment for youths.
“We want to partner with you and see what you can do for the state.”
The Rivers state governor pledged to redouble efforts towards ensuring that the state is safe for businesses to thrive.
The US ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Stuart Symington said the purpose of his visit was to understand the activities of the Rivers state government.
“My purpose today is very simple, and it is to come here and to learn about this Rivers state and her people, and to understand a little bit better what it is that the government, and the governor, the deputy governor, and all of you who contribute to the state are doing for the people of the state to move it forward in peace and prosperity.”
Mr Symington commended the Rivers state government for infrastructural development especially in the area of road construction.