Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has underscored the enormous investment potentials that abound in the FCT which, he said, is made even more favourable by the sound transportation system and infrastructure being developed in the city.
Bello made this promotion at a cocktail the FCT Administration hosted for members of the International Press Institute (IPI) at State House Banquet Hall, Aso Villa, Abuja, at the opening of the world media confab on Thursday, June 21, 2018. He declared that Abuja’s rising aviation traffic places it on course to becoming Africa’s aviation hub. He disclosed that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport now hosts five international flights and counting.
His words, “Abuja’s rising aviation traffic places it at a vantage position to becoming Africa’s aviation hub. Situated in the heart of Nigeria, you could access most countries of Africa from Abuja at an almost equal flying time.
A major highlight of the occasion was the presentation of souvenir leather puffs to the leaders of the Institute; Barbara Trionfi – Executive Director and John Yearwood – IPI Executive Board Chair.
Speaking on the leather works, Bello said that the material, which was a Nigerian made product, had wrongly been described as Moroccan leather by Europeans when they first came into contact with the product from Morocco through the Trans-Saharan Trade route. The material, he emphasized, was a product of Sokoto hides-and-skin craftsmen.
He noted that Abuja since it was founded in 1976, sits on an area of 8000sq Kilometres, has grown to become a tourist and conference hub for West Africa. He expressed delight to play host to the IPI Congress, which he noted, provides ample opportunity for the world to see Nigeria for themselves.
Bello stated that Abuja’s investment potentials, favourable investment climate and regulatory regime, qualifies it as a haven for investors. He assured participants that FCT Administration is developing a sound transportation system and infrastructure aimed at boosting tourism and commerce.
Responding, Barbara Trionfi – Executive Director of International Press Institute (IPI), thanked the Minister for his hospitality and the beautiful gift. She noted that Nigeria has surpassed their expectations as the IPI was having one of its best outings in Nigeria. In his own remarks, the John Yearwood indicated that IPI was in Nigeria in its 68th year of existence and praised their experience in Nigeria.