Nigerian Govt. Asked to Create Enabling Environment for Investors

Peter Usman,Abuja(Nigeria)–

Government at all levels have been urged to create the  enabling environment that would woo investors into the country .

It will also  encourage small and medium scale industries to strive towards boosting the economy of  Nigeria.

Chairman of Paradise Production Limited, Ambassador Israel Chukwuma Edward made the call at the 7th Nigeria International Trade Fair in Abuja,the national’s capital,  with a theme: “Promoting made in Nigeria goods and others.

Edward noted that what develop the economy of any country is not government, but Small and Medium Scale industries coupled with foreign investors that come to invest in that country.

He said, “If government can create enabling environment, foreign investors, business men and tourists will come in to invest and also buy our goods and services, thereby bringing in foreign exchange into the country. With these two entities – local entrepreneurs and foreign investors, there will be abundant food, services and money in the country”

“And for these local and foreign investments to strive in any economy depend on government policies. If there is harsh economic policy, it drives away entrepreneurs from the economy. For example, if there are no infrastructures, investment will go into extinction”

As a way of making it easy for people to go into business and as well establish industries in the country, Edward advised that interest rate charged for lending money should be pegged between zero to five {0 -5%} percent, stressing that if lending policy is high and the requirements are too hard, they will be discouraged.

“This will lead to downsizing and retrenchment of workers from various establishments, both in private and public sectors. Entrepreneurs should be evolve stringent measures to dissuade importers from importing these things which are produced locally”

“These large influxes of foreign materials push out locally produced materials out of market, because they are cheap and are as well competing with our own products” he said.


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