The Abia State Governor-Elect Dr. Alex Otti on Wednesday played host to the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria, Dr. Lars Richter.

Dr Richter was at Dr. Otti’s country home in Nvosi, Isialangwa South Local Government Area, on a courtesy visit to the Governor-Elect. It was a rare visit by such a high ranking staff of the company. 

Since being declared Governor-Elect of Abia on March 22, 2023 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr. Otti has been meeting with several groups, corporate organisations and individuals, many  of whom come to felicitate with him on his victory at the  polls, while some others come with proposals to  partner with the state in the area of investments and  infrastructure development.

One of the earier callers was Nigeria’s telecom giant MTN, whose team of senior management, led by the Chief Enterprise e-Business Officer, Lynda Saint Nwafor, said MTN would be looking at collaborating with the incoming Abia State government in different sectors, including telecommunications access, empowering the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), education, security, and E-Governance among others.

Dr. Otti had, in one of his interactions with the media during the campaigns for the governorship election, declared that the mere fact that he was announced governor of Abia State would attract many strategic investors and development  partners to the state. 

The Wednesday meeting with the managing director of Julius Berger, reputed as the foremost engineer and civil works construction company in Nigeria, coupled with the earlier MTN visit, attests to that fact.

Report by Kazie Uko


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