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Fed Govt invests $10b in infrastructure, says Osinbajo

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Posted By: Franca Ochigbo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said the Federal Government had invested about $10 billion in infrastructure development in the last three years. He said the investment which focused on roads, power and a new national rail network, was unprecedented.

Osinbajo spoke in Abuja at the opening session of the Direct Investors Summit Nigeria, organised by Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).He said: “We have in the last three years invested close to $10 billion an unprecedented sum in infrastructure since 2016.“Our focus is on roads, power and a new national rail network; all of which will help guarantee increased access to markets and reduced operating costs for businesses. ’’According to him, the inspiring news is that the country has emerged from the recession and is determined more than ever to make up for lost time and missed opportunities. He said the focus on agriculture had attracted billions of dollars in investments in the last three years in rice mills, sugar plantations, and fertiliser blending plants, among others. “Nigeria’s foreign reserves are now almost $50 billion, up from $30 billion when we assumed office.

“Our Sovereign Wealth Fund has in the last two years seen its first new inflows since it was established in 2011. “We have grown our taxpayer base by five  million new taxpayers; from 14 million in 2016 to 19 million today, as part of efforts to diversify Nigeria’s revenue base,’’ Osinbajo said. He said the country’s opportunities were premised on a number of strategic endowments, including its population which was Africa’s largest, and half of the entire West Africa.

The vice-president said Nigeria has one of the most youthful populations in the world with 50 per cent under the age of 20 and 75  per cent under 35, an incredibly energetic and entrepreneurial people. “It is easy to see why any global company serious about its future just has to have a plan for Nigeria, as many opportunities still abound.

“Last December, a cereal factory opened in Lagos to manufacture Kellogg’s, the result of a partnership between the American company and Tolaram, a Singaporean conglomerate. “Although the Kellogg Company is over 100 years old, that factory was its first investment in Nigeria. “Barely half a year later they are already talking about expansion plans, as the new factory has already hit maximum capacity. “There are also many successful partnerships between the public and private sectors. “The best example is Nigeria LNG, a Nigerian run company that liquefies Nigeria’s natural gas for export all over the world and helped Nigeria earn her place as the fourth largest LNG exporter in the world. “The company is majority private-sector owned by three multinational oil companies, while Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation holds a minority stake,’’ Osinbajo  said. He said the biggest priorities and commitments, as a government, had been the creation of an enabling business environment. He described the environment as one in which property rights and the rules of law were respected and markets took the lead, while government efficiently fulfilled its role as protector and enable.

 

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