Recent completion works in major Abuja infrastructure networks have further opened up Abuja for tourism and other investments, says FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello.
He specifically disclosed that his Administration is collaborating with relevant stakeholders especially those in the private sector to explore the great potentials of the Territory in the minerals sector.
Speaking at the ongoing 12th Abuja International Trade Fair, the FCT Minister, who was represented at the occasion by the Senior Special Assistant on Finance and Economic Matters, Dr. Bala Mohammed Liman, described the private sector as the engine for sustainable economic growth.
According to him, the Administration is also implementing the National Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP), aimed at integrating the agriculture value chain and focusing on agro-processing and industrial hubs.
While urging investors to take advantage of the favourable investment climate of Abuja to invest, Bello re-echoed optimism that the FCT light rail transport will open for public services by December.
This, he said ensures that “airport business travellers would have a choice, either to board cabs on arrival or departure; or ride on trains from the airport railway station to the Central Business District Central Station or vice versa.”
He added that FCT was already working to promote Ease of Doing Business in the Territory.
“We are working to provide the enabling environment for investments, trades and entrepreneurship to thrive.
“A major aspects of this initiative include efforts to eliminate cases of multiple taxation and leveraging technology to improve our business processes.
“FCT Administration, is also partnering with IBM to deploy ICT for a one-stop shopping centre for collection, monitoring and evaluation of payments to FCT’s main revenue generating agencies.
“ The digital infrastructure to be established, would block revenue leakages, track customer payments, assist in obtaining feedbacks as well as enable citizen/customer engagement,” he stressed.
While welcoming participant to the Trade Fair, the President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, (ABUCCIMA) Mr. Tony Ejinkoye, stated that the Fair serves as a platform for companies and individuals to showcase and demonstrate their products and services.