Niger State occupies 10% of Nigeria’s land area
, this is perhaps the largest tracts of arable land in the sub-region, the largest number of hydro-power assets, a hardworking, resourceful, youthful population and an experienced and purposeful leadership.
So it was my honour to speak at the Investment Summit organized by Niger State tagged “Truly Niger” at the Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre in Minna, yesterday.
Indeed, Niger like most of Nigeria is largely an undi…scovered jewel; a real treasure hiding in plain sight.
The Niger State government has made efforts to make the State more business-friendly however I implored the State government to leverage on existing measures such as the creation of the Niger State Geographic Information System (NIGIS); the streamlined issuance of certificates of occupancy within 72 hours; and the reduction in the cost of getting a Certificate of Occupancy by 90% (from between N150,000 – N180,000) to only N15,000 to achieve its investment objectives.
The State must take advantage of its location close to the Federal Capital Territory to become a manufacturing hub. This is especially the case for Small and Medium enterprises that can produce light manufacturers to serve the rapidly growing population of Abuja.
Together, Nigeria will prevail.