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Nigeria Is Safe For Next Month World Economic Forum In Abuja, Yuguda Assures

Ambassador BashirNigeria’s Supervising Minister of National Planning, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda has given an assurance that the Federal Government is fully ready to host the World Economic Forum next month, reassuring members of the international business community coming for the Forum of their safety.
The minister, who spoke to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, expressed gratitude to the international community for their confidence in Nigeria and its economy, adding that the Government is doing its best to protect its citizens as well as foreigners.
According to him, the security sub-committee of the local organizing committee has been given all the necessary attention, adding that government places high premium on the security of lives and property.
“The security sub-committee of the local organizing committee is headed by the Inspector-General of police himself. That goes to show the importance we attaché to the safety of the delegates coming. It is also our responsibility to ensure the safety of all Nigerians before, during and after the event.”
Yuguda said that President Goodluck Jonathan has given all the necessary support for the successful hosting of the event and that he (Minister) met with the Inspector-General of police yesterday to confirm that all the security arrangements are already in place.
“Nigeria is guaranteeing the security of all the delegates and we shall do our best as a nation to ensure that the event holds without hitches. It is our responsibility to protect the lives of all the delegates coming. Mr. President is on top of the situation and hasgiven all the support needed to ensure the success of the event.
Yuguda said that Nigeria stands to benefit economically from hosting the event, stressing that the essence of the forum is in line with the Government’s Transformation Agenda.
“How do we create a conducive environment for the private sector to develop, How do we attract more foreign direct investment. How do we maintain and sustain the economic progress Nigeria is making?”
“These are all our interests which coincide with the aspirations of the World Economic Forum.The theme of the forum is on increasing growth and job creation.”
The minister noted that the theme is in line with Nigeria’s aspirations, saying: “it is in line with what Mr. President is trying to do on how to make our growth inclusive.”
He commended the World Economic Forum for issuing a statement to indicate that despite Nigeria’s security challenges, they are going ahead with the event because of their confidence in Nigeria.

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