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Banditry won’t stop investors in Niger – Commissioner  

The Niger state Commissioner of Industry, Trade and Investment, Alhaji Aminu Suleiman Takuma, Monday, stated that banditry activities in some remote areas of the state cannot prevent investors from taking advantage of the conducive business environment created by the state government. 

The commissioner gave this assurance at a press briefing on activities lined up for the Nigeria Public Private Partnership (PPP) Network Meeting scheduled  to hold in Minna soon.

He said, “I want to assure investors, especially foreign investors, that investments are safe and secured in Niger state. We have been explaining to interested investors who are reading in the media about banditry activities in parts of the state that those areas are far away from investment zones.”

The commissioner said the government has opened doors for private partnerships with several investors, adding that tremendous successes have been recorded in some of the investments, especially in the areas of agriculture and infrastructure. 

He advised investors to stay clear from investing in solid minerals exploitation in the state, adding that the blanket ban on solid minerals extraction in the state by the government still subsists. 

He said the order was issued by the government to protect the rural people endangered by activities of mining companies, most of which are illegal. 

He said the state government has in recent months blacklisted a mining company while the company which operated the site that collapsed a few weeks ago would be sanctioned after completion of investigation into the unfortunate incident. 

Takuma said the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address, highlighting the critical role of PPPs in our national development strategy, while  the executive governor of Niger state, Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago, will share his vision and initiatives on leveraging PPPs for the development of the state’s infrastructure and economy.

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