Despite Challenges, Nigeria Remains Profitable Investment Haven—FG

September 25, 2021
Nigeria Profitable Investment Haven

By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

The federal government has said despite the various challenges bedevilling Nigeria, it has remained a good and profitable investment haven attracting foreign workers.

The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, while delivering his goodwill address titled That business may thrive in Kaduna on the second day of the 6th edition of the Annual Kaduna Economic Investment (KADINVEST 6.0) held in Kaduna State, said within a period of 24 months, the central government has registered more than 2,000 foreign companies while over 12,000 expatriates have been given permits to work in Nigeria.

Speaking at the event on Friday, he said that the ministry, from inception to date, has handled 14,690 companies and granted 126,893 quota licenses to expatriates, indicating something special about the nation.

He said, “The Ministry from inception till date has handled 14,690 companies and granted 126,893 quota licenses to expatriates. However, from August 2019 till date we have registered more than 2,000 companies while over 12,000 expatriates have been given permits to work in Nigeria.

“We now handle applications with dispatch and will encourage any firm or organization with a genuine need for expatriates to bring their applications. We shall accord it with the required courtesy. The Minister also reiterated the fact that Nigeria is still a good and profitable investment haven, even in the face of security challenges.”

He pointed out the abundant raw materials, highly skilled and affordable workforce, as well as the largest market for goods and services in Africa which has made Nigeria remained investors’ dream in spite of the challenges faced.

“Looking at the history of economic development, we can see that there was a quantum leap in economic production at the onset of Industrial Revolution circa 1760 in England, compared to what obtained in the feudal era.

“The introduction of machines and factory system that enabled mass production of goods unleashed economic prosperity on the industrialized nations such that in a period of 50 years, it had created a yawning gap between them and the societies still trapped in feudal productions.

“Two and a half centuries down the line, the paradigm of production will be further altered spectacularly with advancement in knowledge altogether. Economic production in the immediate Industrial Revolution era had been built on the factors of nearness to raw materials and markets, among others.

“Therefore, the concept of comparative advantage is said to favour locales where these factors count higher than others. A petroleum refinery under this outlook is said to be best sited near oil deposits, just as automobile factories are recommended to be sited near iron ore deposits.

“But all that has changed. The new idea now is competitiveness. This is the concept of where, how, and which firms can best produce the same product qualitatively and at the best price, discounting the old notion of comparative advantage,” he explained.

The Minister then applauded the Kaduna State Government, the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) for their effort in organizing the program with is themed Towards a sustainable knowledge-based economy.

Among the dignitaries present at the event were the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe; the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Mr Uche Ogah, and the Emir of Zazzau, Emir Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli.

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