By Hutson Efosa, Abuja.
Nigeria’s FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, in company of the Hon. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and some dignitaries have toured the various exhibition pavilions around the trade fair stands.
Meanwhile, the FCT Minister has beckoned on investors to venture into the favourable investment climate of the Nation’s Capital because of its central location, good road network, rail networks, presence of world class communication facilities as well as a major international airport and other Investment that are scattered all over the FCT.
Bello, who made the call at the opening of the 15th Abuja International Trade Fair, stated that the FCT Administration was working with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ABBUCI and other stakeholders to harmonise taxation so that payment of multiple taxes does not adversely affect businesses in the FCT.
The Minister also said that the FCTA was working hard to create the enabling environment to make the Territory a major trading and business destination.
Bello, again revealed that the focus of the 15th edition of the fair, with the theme; “Trade and Commerce Beyond Borders”, was inline with the agenda of the APC led adminsistration of President Muhammadu Buhari of putting Nigeria on the front burner as a great trade and exporting nation.
The theme, he added, was a call to look inwards.
According to the Minister: “This theme is, indeed, a call to look inwards and harness all the abundant potentials of our great nation in the areas of agriculture, mining and technology to not only rebuild our economy but also become a major commodity exporter”.
Mallam Bello, also commended the management of the Chamber for ensuring that the fair still held in spite of the COVID 19 pandemic, adding that, “the Chamber’s innovative and result oriented ideas and activities have contributed in no small measure in raising the profile of the FCT as a growing commercial and industrial hub”.
He also commended the efforts of the outgoing President of the Chamber, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, in building the structures within the trade fair complex, which, he said, has improved the Abuja skyline.