Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCTA, CBN, others partner on dairy production

The Federal Capital Territory Administration said it will be partnering with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in other to improve dairy production in the country.

To achieve these objectives, the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, said a number of strategies are being put in motion for the establishment of processing plants in the FCT.

Bello stated this during the visit by a delegation of dairy products and agriculture investors led by the Governor of the CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele to the FCTA.

He said the visit was coming at the right time as the FCTA was currently focusing on encouraging investment, especially in the agriculture sector.

The Minister revealed that the better part of the last four years was spent perfecting infrastructure development in the city centre and strengthening institutions within the FCTA for better service delivery and now, attention was being focused on developing the business and investment sector.

“During my first tenure we concentrated on improving infrastructure within the city itself while also trying to improve on the institutional capacity of the various departments in the FCTA.

“I am pleased to say that we have reached some reasonable milestone where we are now happy with the system we have and we can now extend to other activities. And for us, agriculture development and also encouragement of investors to the FCT, particularly to provide processing facilities are the next step we are going into and you are coming at the right time”.

Bello, who enumerated the economic advantages and strategic positioning of the FCT in terms of dairy production and food sufficiency, stressed the need for the CBN to cash in towards ensuring that the vision of the Federal government to diversify the economy is achieved.

He commended the dairy production investors for their interest to invest in Abuja and contribute to the industrial development of the nation’s capital, adding that the FCTA will do all that is required to ensure ease in the entire processes, beginning with the provision of the necessary land to situate plants and factories.

The Minister also directed the setting up of a combined committee to be supervised by the Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu,  comprising the SA, Agriculture to the Minister of State, Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Executive Secretary, FCDA, Director, Land Administration, Director, AGIS and representatives of the CBN, and the investors.

The committee was given three weeks to work out viable locations that fall within the Abuja master plan and a business strategy that is mutually beneficial to the investors and the people of the FCT.

Earlier, the Governor of the Apex Bank, Godwin Emefiele commended the Minister for making the FCT safe for the people and creating an enabling environment for doing business, thereby making Abuja one of the top business-friendly cities in the country.

The Apex Bank Governor expressed the desire of the CBN to make all states of the federation, including the FCT, self-sustaining and economically viable.

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