Cross River Gets "Sister State" Status

Top Quote The long awaited Sister State partnership between Cross River State, Nigeria and the State of Maryland, USA was officially confirmed during a meeting on May 6, 2012 at the Office of the Secretary of State in Maryland. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 12, 2012 - Cross River State and Ondo State have been selected as the two lead States in Nigeria to work together to lay the ground work of bi-lateral relations with the Maryland State Government.

    The Sister State partnership is to provide an opportunity for Cross River State and Ondo State on one hand; and the State of Maryland, USA on the other; to further enhance cultural and historic understanding and cooperation, and to promote international trade between the USA, Cross River and Ondo State.

    The decision was conveyed by the Secretary of State of Maryland, John McDonough, at a special meeting attended also by the Deputy Secretary of State, Rajan Natarajan and other committee and Nigerian representatives.
    Governor Liyel Imoke said "his administration would be looking forward to a fruitful relationship with the State of Maryland, especially in the fields of tourism, cultural, social and economic exchanges. He said that there was a significant presence of the Nigerians in Maryland and "a large majority of them were engaged in highly lucrative business activities. This could be further enhanced".

    The Cross River State team in Maryland led by Dr. Efem Imoke and Dr. Cheryl Hill thanked Secretary McDonough for his efforts to facilitate the meetings to bring Nigeria to a place of engagement with some of Maryland's finest business and social leaders. They both assured the Secretary that they would work closely with the Ondo State team to put together a concise and comprehensive foundation for the Nigeria State Sister State partnership.

    The Cross River State and Ondo State representatives agreed that the Maryland State Government could contribute immensely to the prosperity and development of their respective states through a creative synergy between the governments.

    Describing the proposed relationship as a win-win situation for Cross River State and Ondo State, Imoke said, "There is a conducive atmosphere in the state for investment in various spheres. Investors could take advantage of Cross River State's investment and promotion incentives which offers the best incentives in the country."

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