By Gimba Kakanda
The acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, will lead policymakers and investors across the country to Minna, Niger state, Monday for commencement of the state’s first investment summit.
A statement by Jibrin Ndace, the spokesman to Governor Abubakar Bello, said Mr Osinbajo would declare open the two-day summit during his official visit to the state.
Mr Ndace said Mr Osinbajo would be joined at the flag-off by former heads of state, Olusegun Obasanjo and Abdulsalami Abubakar.
Mr Ndace said, “the summit will provide platform where the impact investment community can share ideas, connect and network, create new opportunities for developing the market. It will also create new opportunities for impact investing as well as to market the state as a unique, friendly and peaceful business and investment destination.”
The summit, which is the first by the administration, is tagged “Truly Niger”.
The statement also revealed the theme as “Impact Investing for Advancing Agricultural Economy and Innovation, and that it’s “packaged to sell the state to local and international investment community and to showcase her potentials in agriculture and solid mineral resources, tourism, sports and others.”
Governor Sani Bello will present a paper titled: “Uncovering Niger State – The State, the Strategy and Investor Information”.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar; Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar; and billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote are to deliver goodwill messages.
Expected at the summit are minister of state, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar; minister of state, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Uche Orji; Presidential Special Adviser on Social Protection Plan, Maryam Uwais, among others.
Also billed to speak are a deputy director at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Ibrahim Shettima and a Senior Special Assistant to the President, Industry, Trade and Investment, Jumoke Oduwole. They are to discuss “Investment Promotion in Challenging Economic Times” and “Ease of doing business in Nigeria,” respectively.
“The Niger State Government will during the summit be signing Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Dangote Group for the start-up of some exciting investments driven by the Group and Metropolitan Motors for the setting up of an auto assembly and service plant in the state along with others.
“In another development, Acting President Osinbajo during the one day visit to the state will commission some people-oriented projects initiated and completed by the administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello,” said the governor’s spokesman.