VICE President Kashim Shettima has tasked local and foreign investors to make Nigeria their investment hub, as President Bola Ahmed Tinubu expresses his desire to provide an enabling climate for businesses to grow in the country.
The vice president stated this yesterday, while he hosted the management of First Surat Group and the senior management of MTN Nigeria at the presidential residence in Abuja.
MTN Nigeria was charged with facilitating and spearheading digital mobile money and digital education.
Shettima in a statement by his spokesman, Stanley Nkwocha, stated that the president Tinubu’s government is eager to collaborate with diverse stakeholders to help strengthen the nation’s productivity base and generate rapid employment.
While commending the professionalism and dedication of the Surat organization, which operates Nizamiye Hospital, Nizamiye Foundation, and its educational institutions, he stated that the organization, with its 2,500 employees, caters to over 100,000 extended families and dependents.
He stated: “Agriculture remains key to the Nigerian economy. You may wish to consider divesting from the health and education sectors where you have distinguished yourself and delve into agric business where we have huge investment potential.”
For MTN Nigeria, the Vice president assured again the telecoms giant of the federal government’s resolve to remove all impediments to business.
Shettima stated that the days of double taxation and unnecessary bottlenecks are over, and that Tinubu’s stance on ease of doing business would be carried through.
He urged the telecommunications giant to consider fast-tracking digital mobile money and digital education in Nigeria, promising that Nigeria’s economy will improve dramatically in less than 15 months.
Earlier, Dr Ali Maina, Chairman of First Surat Group, congratulated the Vice President, saying that aside from the company’s extensive interest and strategic relationships, its corporate social responsibility has seen it invest millions of naira in Nigerians’ lives and welfare.
The MTN Nigeria Chairman, Ernest Ndukwe and Chief Executive Officer Karl Olutokun Toriola, on his part, stated that the telecoms firm remains dedicated to President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.
They stated that MTN Nigeria will launch the much-needed 5D network in Nigeria in the not-too-distant future.