The Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson who is part of the Nigerian delegation at the ongoing Nigeria-South Africa Bilateral Meetings in Johannesburg, is wooing the government of South Africa and foreign investors from the country for partnerships in the areas of security, education, infrastructure and others.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the Governor has been meeting with top business leaders in South Africa and sharing with them the endless possibilities and opportunities for investment in the oil-rich State.
Governor Dickson’s meeting with leading foreign investors in South Africa, our Correspondent gathered, was a way for his administration to promote investment in Bayelsa State and as well build a vibrant economy in the state.
As part of his efforts to woo both the South African government and private investors to Bayelsa State, the Governor, on Monday, paid a visit to President Jacob Zuma where he expressed the intentions of his administration to establish business contacts towards investing in the areas of education, security, healthcare delivery, power, infrastructure and agriculture.
In his response, President Jacob Zuma lauded the investment initiatives and drive of Bayelsa State government , stressing that he was very pleased with the Governor Dickson's vision, drive and investment pursuits particularly given the very special relationship which the South African government shares with the Nigerian government.
According to the President: "Indeed, I feel elated by your visit to South Africa and considering the fact that you are the Governor of the State of my good friend and brother President Goodluck Jonathan makes me all the more happy”
“I must commend your investment initiatives and drive. Even more profound is the fact that from what am told, you are barely three months old in office and from all accounts you are on the right track".
The meeting between Governor Dickson and his entourage with President Zuma was held at the headquarters of the African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg, where intensive discussions were held to deepen bilateral relations as well as the need to further explore the various investment opportunities between the State and South Africa.