By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”Â RIVERS State government has expressed hope that the new greater Port Harcourt city would be fully developed within the next fifty years.
Governor Chibuike Amaechi, who made this observation in Port Harcourt when he played host to a delegation of South Korean businessmen, led by the Minister of Niger Delta, Chief Ufot Ekaete, said the state was ready to partner with Korean investors to develop the new city.
According to Amaechi, â€œWe need you to partner with us to develop the new city and we want to see you as investors and not as contractors.â€
He said Port Harcourt has the natural resources that could propel its economy, as most oil and gas companies operating in the country have their headquarters in the city, considering the status of the state as the hub of oil and gas business in Nigeria.
The governor assured the South Korean business delegation of maximum benefit from their investments, if they took advantage of the opportunities presented by their visit.
HeÂ said his government has carried out a comprehensive master plan of the new city expected to be fully developed in 50 years, but expressed happiness at the gesture by the Korean investors that the work target in the new city was achievable in less than 50 years through collaboration with the private sector.
The governor thanked the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Ufot Ekaette, for facilitating the visit of the South Korean business delegation to the state, assuring that the state government was prepared to do its maximum best to place quality in its projects.
Earlier, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Ufot Ekaette, said the South Korean business delegations were in Nigeria to explore investment opportunities and had come to the Niger Delta to utilize their capacity to help develop the region.
Head of the South Korean business delegation, Mr. Philip Yun, expressed gratitude to the Rivers State government for accepting to collaborate with them and made presentation on the possible areas of partnership in the development of Greater Port Harcourt City.