Niger creates enabling environment for robust agro-allied partnership


Niger government says it would create favorable investment environment for investors with focus on agricultural value chain for sustainable partnership.

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger said this during the UN Global Week of SDGs with the theme “Building Niger State as the Food Basket of Nigeria” in Minna.

The UN 17 SDGs aims to achieve decent lives for all on healthy planet by 2030.

Bello said the development has become imperative because it is the major key to economic growth, adding that government was working to ease the business environment and attract more foreign direct investment.

He explained that the state government had been working with relevant partners through Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and local government areas to reduce poverty and hunger through development programmes targeted at women and youths.

These programmes also capture the vulnerable and the down trodden in the society as they constitute the large part of the population.

“Government will harness its agriculture potentials to create viable investments, eliminate hunger and create food sufficiency for the state and the country at large,’’ he said.

Earlier, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the State Government, said that the action week was to bring stakeholders together in order to attain SDGs within the specified time frame.

He said that to attain SDGs, there must be proper coordination and data generation among MDAs to achieve zero hunger.

The programme is aimed at providing a sustainable solution for development of the state in a conducive and friendly manner.