This was disclosed by the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and the ECOWAS, Mr. Michelle Arrion, when he visited Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State in Umuahia.
The ambassador explained that the EU would also partner with Nigeria in some other critical sectors like infrastructure and agriculture.
He also expressed the willingness of the EU to partner the Independent National Electoral Commission to deepen the nation’s democracy.
According to Arrion, Nigeria needs to strengthen its democratic structures and ensure more transparency in its electoral processes to defuse tension in the polity and win the people’s confidence.
Commending Orji’s developmental strides in the state, the ambassador promised that the EU would assist the government in its transformation agenda.
Responding, the governor lauded the EU for its numerous interventions in the state, which he said had resulted in several micro projects that had significantly improved the living standards of the people.
He, however, appealed to the union to increase its assistance in the state.
The governor also solicited the assistance of the EU in the provision of portable water, erosion control and other infrastructure, pledging to fully cooperate with it through timely payment of counterpart funds.
– The Punch