Written By Ejura Adama
For the first time in a long while Niger State experienced the influx of droves of investors into the state, willing to be a part of its economic growth. The two-day summit, which kicked off on the 14th of August 2017, was tagged Impact Investing for Advancing Agricultural Economy and Innovation, and
Was graced with the presence of former Heads of State Abdulsalami Abubakar and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, among other dignitaries. The aim of the two-day investment summit, organized by the Niger State government, was to initiate a paradigm shift in combating the economic challenges of the country and was a necessary step, taken in line with the Federal. Government’s diversification policy from overdependence on oil revenues to agriculture and other sustainable sources of income. The Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Ramatu Yar’Adua, said that the aim of the summit was to market the state as an investment destination for agriculture, considering its enormous potential, which is largely untapped. Yar’Adua said that agriculture was key to moving the country out of recession, and assured would-be investors of the state’s commitment to creating a conducive and enabling environment for business.
The investment summit was declared open by the Vice President of the country, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who expressed pleasure at the initiative taken by the Governor of the state, Abubakar Sani Bello. He said he hoped that other states would take a cue from the
state. Also speaking at the event, former Head of State Chief Olusegun Obasanjo admonished the state government to put into use suggestions made at the summit. He also indicated his desire to attend other such summits in the future. The president, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, made a commitment to invest $450m in agriculture development in Niger State over the next three years. He said the funds would be
used to establish a large-scale rice-processing mill with the capacity to process over 200,000 metric Tonnes of rice. In addition, a state-ofthe-art, fully integrated sugar refining industry would also be established. Side attraction at the summit was an exhibition of locally made products, such as Shea butter, locally processed rice and the like. The summit came to an end with the signing of an MOU between the Niger State government and investors. The need to train women cannot be overemphasized. To this end, the British Council pitched in on June 22 2017 with a seminar style event, offering young women (aged 18 to 35) the opportunity to discover their creative side and also, the opportunities available across the creative sector value chain. An entertaining and enlightening event, the speakers spared nothing in ensuring their audience was left highly inspired. The event, tagged ‘Creative Hustle’, created an avenue for young women to explore career opportunities in the creative industry. The Executive Director, Programmers of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and author Eugenia Abu and development consultant Simi Fajemirokun were on hand to light the torch and lead the way. Ms. Abu celebrated the members of the audience and counselled that if they were to ever make any meaning out of life, they could not afford to look down on themselves. “Ideas are everywhere, so, to be candid, they are cheap. Seeing this, the best way to
Make your idea stand out is to package it like a product. “Know more about your idea, research about it, because many must have trodden that path before you. Know what obtained and what goes in the present. “After you package your product, you have to blow your own trumpet as decently and modestly as you can,” she also said. Lively and to the point, Eugenia Abu told the audience to never joke with their trade and to always strive to make the best and
Out-do stereotypes. “If you are a newscaster or anchor and you want to interview someone, never ever start with the clichéd question ‘Can we meet you?’ Always research extensively about your subject and begin with the things they love. Show that you are thinking on your seat and even though you are not trying to prove a point to anyone, be smart. Follow up questions and never leave any loose ends; it could be the substance of your interview. Best of all listen while interviewing. If, you don’t you could miss the most important things. Nothing could be more embarrassing, especially, if it is a live interview,” she told her attentive audience.
Ms. Abu had a slew of advice for those in the creative industry and finished by saying, “Know your worth and know your stuff. If you don’t, you will sell yourself short.”
Written By Ejura Adama