Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the Abia State Governor, has sought the collaboration of the Government of France in attracting French companies to invest in the state, especially the Enyimba Economic City.
The Governor made the request recently when he received the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Jerome Pasquier courtesy visit.
He assured that his government will provide the necessary support needed by such French companies to invest in the state.
Ikpeazu said he expects great collaboration from the French Government in the areas of Agriculture and Technical Education.
He disclosed that his government plans to build a Youth Eco-System where Abia Children could acquire skills and be citizens who can fit into the technological demands of the 21st century.
He appealed to the Ambassador to partner with the state in that regard.
The State Chief Executive who described Education as key to success in every other venture said the focus of the state is on Technical Education and solicited the French Government to do more in that regard.
Earlier, the French Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Jerome Pasquier said his country is open to any possibility of working with Abia State in the area of Education and Agriculture
He described Abia as one of the best places in Nigeria for investment and promised to make the French presence felt in the State.
Governor Ikpeazu also presented some Made in Aba items as commemorative gifts to the Ambassador.
The French Ambassador had earlier arrived at the Government House Umuahia and was received by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. ACB Agbazuere.
He was also later conducted round the National War Museum Umuahia. Senator Mao Ohuabunwa and the Coordinator of the Education For Employment (E4E) program of the State Government, Mr. Endi Ezengwa were present at the event.