Osinbajo Declares Niger’s Investment Summit Open Today

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The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo will today pay a one day official visit to Niger State.

He will be joined by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, immediate past military head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to flag off Niger State Investment Summit holding in Minna, the Niger state capital.

The two day summit tagged “Truly Niger” with the theme, “Impact Investing for Advancing Agricultural Economy and Innovation”, is 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.

The summit will provide platform where the impact investment community can share ideas, connect and network, create new opportunities for developing the market and creating new opportunities for impact investing as well as to market the state as a unique, friendly and peaceful business and investment destination.

Governor Sani Bello who will be joined by other state governors will present a paper titled, ” Uncovering Niger State – The State, the Strategy and Investor Information” while the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Muhammadu Abubakar, Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar and Alhaji Aliko Dangote are also to give good will messages at the summit.

Also Minister of State, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, her counterpart in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Mr. Uche Orji, Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Barrister Maryam Uwais, Presidential Special Adviser on Social Protection Plan and Alhaji Ibrahim Bagudu Shettima, a former deputy director of Central Bank of Nugeria are to discuss “Investment Promotion in Challenging Economic Times”.

Senior Special Assistant to the President, Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole will look at the ” Ease of doing business in Nigeria”

The Niger State Government will during the summit be signing Memorandiun of Understandings (MoUs) with Dangote Group for the startup 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.

Africa’s industrial giant, Dangote Group, is sponsoring the Summit. This follows the sponsorship by Dangote Group of the just concluded 15th Trade Fair organized by the Niger Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture. The Group is investing in the agricultural sector of the State.

The Dangote Group’s delegation is being led by the company’s Group Executive Director, Stakeholders Management and Corporate Communications Ahmed Mansur.

One of the discussants at the Summit is the CEO of the Dangote Sugar Plc Abdullahi Sule. Mr. Sule will join other discussants to talk on the topic: ‘Cultivating Change: Agriculture, Education and Impact Investing.’

Dangote’s Robert Coleman will also chair a session titled: ‘Development Collaboration: Integrating Impact Investment, Social Enterprise and International Development to accelerate Agriculture.’