Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr Doris Uzoka-Anite, has said the ministry will strengthen the economy by synergising with government and other stakeholders in driving more trade, investment and formation of industries.
Speaking after the inaugural Federal Executive Council Meeting, she noted the ministry has received briefing from heads of parastatals and agencies and will put the country on the path of prosperity with policies to enhance more trade activities.
Pleading with Nigerians to be patient with the administration, she said the action and policy plan aims to strengthen trade ties between Nigeria and other countries.
It will also be a guide and driving force to actualisation of a thriving economy self-sufficient and sustainable.
“I have received briefing from agencies under my ministry and I have ordered them to put their plans into action. We are working to ensure Nigerians do business without hassle. We are breeding more SMEs and business owners within the youth demography to encourage more start-ups,’’ she said. Uzoka-Anite noted she is working to ensure the revitalisation of existing industries and attract more investment and industries to create jobs; reducing unemployment. “We need to create more industry and the only way to create that is to give incentives and more support to companies facing hardship.
‘’In a bid to attract investments, we need to sustain existing ones and ensure they don’t fold up. We will roll out palliatives to business owners, entrepreneurs. We will also project Nigeria as an investment hub for intending investors with our participation at United Nations General Assembly in New York and G20 Summit in India,” she said.