In a historic meeting with Her Excellency, Ms. Samuela Isopi, Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River called for increased EU support and interventions in the state. The visit, the first of its kind in over a decade, saw the Governor commend the European Union’s collaboration, particularly in biodiversity and climate sustainability NEGROIDHAVEN has confirmed.
According to a release signed by Emmanuel Ogbeche the media aide to the state governor, it stated that Governor Otu emphasized the shared vision between the state and the EU regarding a green economy, highlighting Cross River’s potential for sustainable economic investment. He assured the EU Ambassador of an enhanced security situation and outlined the state’s strengths in agriculture, mining, biodiversity, and education. The Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to carbon reduction and a climate-friendly state, announcing the upcoming launch of a Green Bond in Luxembourg.
“This visit is historic by the fact that this is the first high-level EU delegation to the state in the past 10 years. While I commend your being here, let me assure you that the state is ready for partnership and investment such as what the EU is bringing. We share a common vision in supporting and preserving the rich biodiversity that our state is known for, as well as being committed to climate change initiatives,” stated Governor Otu.
The Governor also pointed out the potential for EU investment in sub-national areas like Cross River State to address the migrant crisis in European borders. He urged the EU to invest in sub-nationals to mitigate the challenges faced by migrants seeking better opportunities.
In her response, EU Ambassador Samuela Isopi acknowledged the uniqueness of the visit, being the first in over a decade. She highlighted the EU’s commitment to wildlife conservation in Cross River State, revealing plans to allocate an additional €3.5m to prevent illegal logging, poaching, and support communities beyond gaming reserves. The initiative aims to raise awareness in local communities about wildlife protection, promote climate sustainability, and safeguard biodiversity.