We Have Created A Safe Environment For Businesses To Grow In Rivers - Wike

Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers has said that his administration has created a safe environment for businesses to flourish in the state. The governor made the assertion at the 60th anniversary and fourth quarter council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) in Port Harcourt, at the weekend.

Wike, represented by the deputy governor, Ipalibo Banigo, said the state government was working hard to sustain the safe environment in order to attract more local and international investors to the state.

 He said they were delighted that NACCIMA's 60th anniversary and fourth quarter meeting was happening in Port Harcourt, "thus confirming the secured environment in Rivers." 

He commended NACCIMA for all its landmark achievements in the last 60 years, adding that there was still so much to be done. Wike further commended the association for remaining resilient and resourceful to drive development in the country The governor added that his administration had embarked on major infrastructural development to further open the state to investments.

 "However, we are not done yet as well as not resting on our oars until we have covered all the areas and targets we have set as a government," he assured. The national president of NACCIMA, Hajiya Saratu Aliyu, thanked the governor for his huge support to the association. 

Aliyu maintained that the governor's goodwill was a reflection of his administration's immense support to the private sector during the COVID19 pandemic in the state. She said they would continue to champion the call for the sustenance of an ideal business environment through policy advocacy and influence in Nigeria. 

"Indeed, these are challenging times but also an auspicious time as well. As Nigerians, we are known for our resilience and innovative thinking," she stated, calling on all to strengthen collaborations to mobilise private sector stakeholders to develop robust programmes for the private sector to effectively function in the current reality. Aliyu described NACCIMA as the voice of Nigerian businesses and added that its membership cuts across all sectors of the economy. 

She further said that the body was also the umbrella body of all city, state, bilateral and regional chambers of commerce, including business and professional associations in the country.

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