Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has charged the Nigerian Consul-General in Atlanta, Her Excellency, Mrs. Aishatu Musa to protect Nigerians resident in Atlanta from the negative stereotyping that comes from the activities of certain elements in the community.
Dr. Ikpeazu, who gave the charge while receiving the Consul-General who had come to welcome him to Atlanta, posited that while it was true that some Nigerians were involved in criminal activities, they are a minuscule part of the larger Nigerian population in the diaspora who have continued to excel admirably in their chosen endeavours.
He gave instances of Nigerians who are breaking academic records in American Universities and those who have been elected into political offices in different states as ideal role models whose stories should be promoted above the few who are involved in untoward activities.
Governor Ikpeazu noted that Atlanta at its early stages of development, positioned itself as the destination of choice for hosting large cooperations by being one of the first cities in America to provide reliable power which led to the citing of the headquarters of global cooperations in Atlanta and noted that he was modeling Abia State after Atlanta by providing the enabling environment for industries to move to Abia State citing the example of the Enyimba Economic City.
In her remarks earlier on, the Consul-General welcomed the Governor to Atlanta and assured him of her availability to interface between American companies willing to invest in Abia State and the Abia State Government.
Those present at the meeting include the Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu, Commissioner Nominees, Dr. Solomon Ogunji and Dr. Joe Osuji and other officials of the Nigerian Consulate in Atlanta and the Abia State Government.
Sam Hart
Special Adviser to the Governor