Gov Fubara Moves To Partner With Austrian Govt In Agriculture, Education

Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara has accepted the partnership gesture offered by the Austrian government in improving healthcare service delivery, agriculture and quality education for the people.

This acceptance was disclosed after a closed door meeting between Governor Fubara and the Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Thomas Schlesinger in Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday.

In the company of the Ambassador was a delegation of an Austrian company, Avsatel Communications Limited, which was seeking partnership between the State tertiary institutions and an Austrian University in delivering quality health education.

The governor disclosed that from the expertise of Avsatel, the state government will further engage the company to revamp the State Fire Service to be more responsive to the needs of Rivers people.

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Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Mr. Thomas Schlesinger, Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria said they discussed on areas of mutual partnership, which includes collaboration between Austrian Universities and Rivers State owned tertiary institutions for global training in health education.

He further noted that the state has also agreed to engage the expertise of Avsatel Communications in transportation technology, especially in areas of providing expertise in the installation and use of air traffic management systems as well as revamping the State owned Fire Service.

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Former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili who was part of the closed door meeting said there are lots of potentials in the State that Governor Fubara is harnessing to advance the fortunes of Rivers people.

Dr Odili explained that a new level of collaboration was explored in the education sector that will encourage shared experience, exchange of programmes and making it possible for Rivers State and Austria to move into the future in the area of medical education.