The administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki has within her 100 days in office hosted no less than three Heads of foreign Government in Nigeria with readiness and commitment to do business with the state.
The latest in the series is the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Sadanoba Kusaoke after the visit of British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Thomas Arkwright and the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Lehmann.
“Thank you so very much for coming”, Governor Obaseki said to the Japanese Ambassador. “This is extra-ordinary. It's truly, truly remarkable”, he added.
“There is one key underlining message that defines the Japanese and that is their culture. This is because, the culture of the people determines who they are, why they do what they do and how they do what they do and that is what we the Edo people share with them.
“About four weeks ago, we were honored by the Ambassador to celebrate the New Year with them in Abuja. After that, we had a meeting at Edo House in Abuja. Of course you heard him recall all the issues we talked about. We invited him and he promised to come to Benin.
“As a government, that's what we are about; we want people to come and see us the way we are, the opportunities and all that.
“Edo state not a mistake, it's never been a mistake. It was not a mistake five hundred or six hundred years ago. The greatest that existed in most people of Edo state still exist. So for us, we do everything possible to bring people here who want to see.
“So, we want to thank you because you are the third Ambassador to visit the state in the last 90 days and we’re trying to bring more heads of government to come to Edo, to meet with us and see us so that we can begin a relationship.
“I want to thank all of you for attending. This was supposed to be a very relaxed one, I didn't expect it was going to be like this. But we hope one day in the near future, we organize a forum for Japanese and Nigerian business class”, the Governor said.