The Minister of State for Industry, Trade, and Investment Mariam Katagum has called for the endorsement and deepened involvement of the Ministry of Aviation and its agencies in the forthcoming ‘’EnjoyNigeria Expo 2021’’.
The Minister made the call in Abuja during a courtesy visit by the Inter-Ministerial Planning Committee of EnjoyNigeria Expo 2021 to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.
The Expo, scheduled to hold from 6th to 12th of December is a private sector initiative, which enjoys the support of both the Federal Ministries of Industry, Trade and Investment; and Information and culture.
It is designed to develop and promote Nigeria’s creative, entertainment, cultural, and tourism industries, due to growing global admiration and demand for Nigerian products.
It aims at promoting and empowering the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the creative, entertainment, cultural, and tourism industries in Nigeria generally, but with special emphasis on women and youth.
Mrs. Katagum, represented at the courtesy visit by the Director, Investment, of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olukemi Arodudu, described the project as a cultural fiesta, tied to investment and economic development.
While appealing for the full endorsement of the expo, she urged the Aviation Minister to encourage the active participation and support of the agencies and other stakeholders within his sector, especially the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in the project.
Responding, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said the Ministry was running many projects which included Aerotropolis Policy to boost infrastructure and economy.
Mr. Hadi, represented by Mr Shehu Mohammad, Director, Planning, Research and Statistics of the Ministry noted that the laudable project was an avenue to sell ideas to prospective investors.
Hadi, who described the expo as an avenue for mutual benefit added that the ministry would further discuss ways to buy into the well-articulated project to spur economic activities.