US official gives condition for setting up Business Liaison Centre in PH: Make 2019 elections peaceful in Rivers


The United States of America would consider setting up a Business Liaison Centre in Port Harcourt to boost return of investors to Rivers State if the 2019 elections turn out to be peaceful.

The indication was given by the Consular-General of the US in Lagos, F. John Bray, who is in Port Harcourt to flag off the 2nd edition of the training of Nigerian entrepreneurs. The first edition held in Lagos in 2017 and the beneficiaries are said to be making waves around Nigeria.

The Consular-General (CG) was hosted by the Founder/President of Belemaoil Nigeria Limited, Jack-Rich Tein Jr who pleaded for the US to establish a Business Liasion Centre in Port Harcourt.

In response, Bray said: “I can feel the enthusiasm to boost the economy of Rivers State. I spoke with the Governor yesterday and I could feel the strong push for investments in Port Harcourt. The issue is, how do we reduce security issues so as to convince foreign investors into the place.

“We can see you are lifting a candle for others to see the way and to follow. The 2019 elections are around the corner; the last time, this place had the worst notion. You want investors to come, let the 2019 elections be free and fair. In population, Nigeria will grow higher than most countries. Some see the youth population as a burge but I say, let us turn it into an asset through training, job creation and entrepreneurship. I love what you are doing, keep it up.”