Niger State Governor, Alhaji Sani Bello has solicited for the support of Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) in developing investment profiling for the state’s agriculture and tourism potentials for prospective global and local investors.
The Governor made the request yesterday at a meeting with the management team of the commission led its Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Yewande Sadiku at NIPC corporate headquarters in Abuja according to Jibrin Baba Ndace, Chief Press Secretary
Governor Sani-Bello said the state was soliciting for the expertises of the commission in helping to profile and prepare feasibility reports on various investment potentials of the state in a bid to actuslise the administration’s efforts at attracting local and foreign investors to the state.
“We appreciate NIPC structure and capacity in developing feasibility and profiling preparation that can attract investors and we need the commission to help develop and profile areas of potentials that are begging for investors in the state.
“We have tourist sites and agriculture potentials which a lot of investors have shown interest to develop, but we need proper profiling on these key sectors for foreign investors to know what Niger state can offer them and we need NIPC support,” the governor solicited.
The Governor, cited tourist sites, such as Baro Port, Gurara Falls and agriculture potentials as areas where profiling and feasibility studies are needed from the commission.
He expressed optimism that such potentials if properly harnessed would have more impact, create job opportunities and boost internally generated revenue of the state.
The NIPC Executive Secretary, Ms. Yewande Sadiku who was elated by the request assured the governor of her Commission’s readiness to provide technical knowhow the state.
She said that the commission would support the state government in profiling investment opportunities that would help woo foreign investors to the state.
The NIPC boss said the collaboration with the state was coming at a period her commission was building a platform for capacity building and profiling investment opportunities for Small and Scale Medium Enterprises.
” We are profiling investment opportunities and making them in a way that will be easy to market and in a way that will help to shorten the gab between talking about investment generally.
“We have adequate information on different types of profiling that can be use as teasers for our engagement with investors,” she said.
Sadiku noted that Niger State has the potentials to feed Nigeria and West Africa if attention was given to key sectors such as infrastructure development in agriculture and tourism.
She however stressed the need for development of infrastructures would help shorten the gab and close some of the challenges in terms of competitiveness of the things that would be manufactured.