Written by Austine ELEMUE

Bello makes case for home-made products

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has underscored the enormous benefits of patronizing home-made products 

Bello made this promotion at a cocktail the FCT Administration hosted for members of the International Press Institute, IPI, at the opening of the world media confab, where a souvenir leather puff was presented to the leader of the institute, Barbara Trionfi.

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, revealing that Abuja since it was founded in 1976, 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, noting that Abuja’s investment potentials, favourable investment climate and regulatory regime, qualifies it as a haven for investors. 

His words, “Abuja’s rising aviation traffic places it at a vantage position to becoming Africa’s aviation hub. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport now hosts five international flights and counting.  Situated in the heart of Nigeria, you could access most countries of Africa from Abuja at an almost equal flying time". 

Responding, Barbara Trionfi - Executive Director of International Press Institute, IPI, thanked the minister for his hospitality and the beautiful gift.     



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