Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has assured British investors of safe investment climate in the state.
Governor Bello gave this assurance when he met with members of the British Parliament under the platform of All Party Parliamentary Group, APPG-Nigeria and Westminster Africa Business Group, WABG at the House of Parliament in the United Kingdom.
“Niger state is the safest state in Nigeria. We pay adequate attention to security in the state. Despite the size of the state, we have been able to maintain law and order. There are isolated cases of crime, but such cases are not threat to foreign investors. We are also very hospitable people,” Gov. Bello told the lawmakers.
He urged them to take the state as their preferred investment destination in Nigeria in agriculture , infrastructure, mining, tourism, vocational training, water resources and education.
“If you decide to have a look at any investment module in Nigeria, Niger state is ready for such opportunity. We have taken steps to make the state attractive to investors, which include reducing the size of government to make it more efficient by reducing the number of ministries from 24 to 13; reducing permanent secretaries from 56 to 30. All these steps were taken to change the ways business was done in government by reducing bureaucracy and making it more transparent and effective.
“Niger state has huge potential for investors in agriculture, mining, infrastructure, mining, tourism, vocational training, water resources and education and we are ready and willing to partner with international community to make the state hub for various products in agriculture, mining and tourism.
“I want to use investment in agriculture to create employment for youth and women. We believe that one way to reduce unemployment is through agriculture. I am glad to inform you that President Muhammadu Buhari is keen on investment in agriculture. I am assuring you that federal government will support any programme in agriculture. ”
While sharing his aspiration on vocational training in the state, Governor Bello said: “My dream is to return Niger state to the days when there were vocational training centres across the state. I want to see functional, vocational centres in Niger state. This will provide gainful employment for our youth. It is a priority for this administration. ”
The Governor who assured of his administration’s zero tolerance for corruption, disclosed that he was determined to diversify revenue sources of the state using huge potentials available to it.