Danjuma James, Sokoto
The Nigerian government said it was determined to work with all the state and non-state actors in addressing the challenges of improving productivity in trade, industry and investment in the country.
With the recent government approval of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP, the country is well positioned for industrialisation.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, Malam Sani Yakubu disclosed this Wednesday at the opening of a 3-day 9th meeting of the National Council on Industry, Trade and Investment held in Sokoto.
Yakubu posited that making progress in the sector was a major determinant of economic growth and social wellbeing as industry, trade and investments form the most ancient of man’s professions.
His words “it is in this sector that we will seek to achieve a lot of the productivity in the after farm gate area of agro allied production so vital to achieving desired results in our export drive. It is in this sector that the nation is looking to create a lot of the jobs”.
According to him, the success of ERGP largely depends on its implementation and that doing things differently was the only way Nigeria can achieve different sets of results.
The Senior Special Assistant therefore challenged the Council meeting which is the highest decision making advisory body of the sector, to focus on implementation and practical realistic measures that translates to improvements in the welfare of the population.
In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade And Investment, Mr Edet Sunday Akpan said his Ministry was working with states and other stakeholders to ensure effective implementation of the sectoral component of the ERGP.