Investment: Niger is prepared to host foreign, local investors- Commissioner

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Hon. Takuma

As part of plans to make Niger state investors hub, the state government said it will host foreign and local investors to brainstorm so as to boost National Food Security and Economic Growth.

While disclosing during a press briefing on Monday that the state is secured and investors have nothing to worry about, Commissioner for Industry, Trade, and Investment, Aminu Takuma said the government will explore innovative ways and leverage on public private partnership.

He also debunked claims that the insecurity in parts of the state would deprive investors from coming to the state, saying that “Banditry has been existing before Niger state started experiencing such challenges”.

The Commissioner assured that “investors have nothing to fear because the areas of their investments are over 6 hours far away from areas of banditry activities.

“The government has put in place measures to ensure every investors that comes into the state enjoys total security.”

The event according to him is themed: Using PPPs in Infrastructure Delivery in the States to Ensure National Food Security and Economic Growth.

According to Takuma, “the event will bring together leaders from both the public and private sectors to discuss and explore innovative ways to leverage Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to advance our national objectives of food security and economic growth.

“The meeting will feature series of paper presentations and panel discussions by esteemed experts and practitioners in the field.

“The sessions are designed to foster dialogue, share best practices, and generate actionable insights that can be implemented across various states to enhance infrastructure development through PPPs”.

Takuma added that, one of the highlights of the meeting will be the project visits around Minna which will provide participants with firsthand experience of successful PPP projects in the region and showcasing practical examples of how PPPs can drive infrastructure development and economic progress”.

Furthermore, he said “by working together, we can ensure the delivery of essential infrastructure that supports food security and stimulates economic growth, that will improve the quality of lives.”

Also, in their separate responses, Special Adviser to the governor on Public Private Partnership (PPP), Hon. Jonathan Vatsa and the Executive Secretary, Niger state Investment Promotion Agency, Amina Sanusi added that the state is prepared but there is the need for all Nigerians especially Nigerlites to join hands with the government to make the nation a safe haven for investors.

Vatsa said that, there is no country in the world and state in Nigeria that does not have its peculiar challenges adding that, “Niger state is safer and better now for investors than it was feeling years ago.