By Abdulaziz Usman
The Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Muhammad Bello, has promised to make Abuja, one of the greenest cities in the world and among the tops in the ease of doing business.
Mr Bello made the commitment when the delegation of Abuja Business Forum, ABF, led by Tunde Imolehin paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja to introduce the idea behind the forum.
The Minister said that the FCT Administration, FCTA, would partner with ABF to adopt a standard model for gardens and green parks to enhance the quality of business and leisure facilities in the nation’s capital.
“We will continue to support you (ABF) just as in the past more specifically on the ‘change gardens’ concept because we have a lot of gardens and locations within the Federal Capital City itself.
“We really like to make it serve as a real model of what a garden should be and we will like to partner very closely with you in this respect. Be rest assured that this is something we are going to do,” he said.
Mr Bello said that one of the cardinal objectives and policies of “this administration is to be able to make the Nigeria business environment more user friendly”.
He said: “You know when this administration came in, the position of Nigeria on the world ranking index on the ease of doing business was at a certain level that really was not very reflective of our potentials as a nation and this administration through the Minister of Trade and Investment has tried to up the scale and to move us to at least by 20-points on that index and we are getting there.
“We have keyed into this concept and that is why Abuja business forum is something that makes a lot of sense to us because it fits into our policy. We will work with you and see that it’s a reality.”
Speaking further, Mr Bello tasked the forum to encourage investors to invest in mass housing in the city.
“For investors I think as part of what you will discuss during the forum is to let them know that there is housing deficit in respect of lower income earner and middle income accommodation,” he added.
Earlier, Mr Imolehin, an architect, noted that the vision of ABF is to put Abuja on the world map where it can compete favourably with any city in the world in terms of ease of doing business.