Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo says the provision of massive critical infrastructure in the state was to create the enabling environment for ease of Business and to attracting investors for development of commerce and improve internally revenue generation.
The Governor, who was addressing a gathering at the North East Stakeholders’ Forum on ease of doing Business in Nigeria, said Gombe State Government has established a committee on clear mandate to make Gombe State Business friendly and to advice on other areas of promoting the reforms.
Represented by his Deputy, Mr. Charles Ya’u Iliya, the Governor commended the Federal Government for initiating the Ease of Doing Business Reform aimed at creating jobs, improving the living standard of our people and increase foreign direct investments into the country, particularly at this period when the nation is facing economic challenges.
The Governor also commended the synergy existing between the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) the state Government and the World Bank expressing optimism that the North East Regional Stakeholders’ Forum on Ease of Doing Business should address challenges and provide opportunity for concerted efforts to diversify the economy and urgment the dwindling revenue to the nation.
In her remarks the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) Secretary Dr. Jumoke Oduwole who is also the special Assistant on Industry, Trade and Investment Office of the Vice President explain to the gathering that the idea of PEBEC is to create jobs, enable business by creating enabling environment and embracing solutions towards surmounting challenges mobilizing against smooth business towards making Nigeria an investment country.
Represented by Mr. Akin Olusoju, the PEBEC Secretary noted that the choice of Gombe State was bone out of its strategic centrality in the North East and its positive towards commercial activities.
She challenged the participants to harness the potentials of other state in the North East so as to create an investment opportunity within the region that could be sold beyond domestic market to wake the region and Nigerian economically buoyant.
Others who spoke include the Representative of World Bank Malam Salisu Liyadi, the Commissioner of Justice Alh. Abdulhameed Hadi and Commissioner of Cooperative Alh. Yusuf Manu Swa and Commissioner of Finance Alh. Hassan commended the initiative of the Federal Government to promoting business activities for the overall interest of the nation.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Commissioner of Trade and Industry, Mr Danjuma Mele appreciated the efforts of the governments at Federal and State level to create an atmosphere friendly to business and investors.
He explained that the Forum of the Stakeholders’ was to provide an avenue for addressing critical areas on the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria.