The Rivers state government has assured investors that their investments in the state are secure.
The state governor, Nyesom Wike gave the assurance on Sunday at a dinner to mark the 20th Anniversary of Air France’s first flight to Port Harcourt International Airport.
“It is a priority for us to attract investors for our people to be employed; that is why we make security a priority,” Wike told the gathering.
He said that the state government would do all in its power to build on the confidence of investors to conduct business in the State.
Wike said that wooing investors remained critical to the development of the state, because it would generate employment.
The governor claimed that Rivers was safer than Lagos, Kogi, Kaduna, Benue and Kano states “where kidnappers and murderers terrorize residents as reported daily”.
“Investors are coming to Rivers regularly and they are talking about insecurity. Look at what is happening in Lagos, Kogi, Kaduna and Kano and you will realize that this state is the safest,” he said.
In response, French Consul, Laurent Poloceaux, stressed that French investments were doing well in Rivers, with schools, businesses and Air France.
Air France Manager, Jean Tanzin, said that the airline became the first international airline to fly into the Port Harcourt International Airport 20 years ago.