Barr. Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Simi Fubara, Governor of Rivers State, and his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, all called on foreign investors to consider their domains when deciding whether to set up companies in Nigeria.
Wike, Fubara, and Makinde spoke during the inauguration of Hypercity 3, a Nigerian chain store, in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State on Friday.
Wike hinted that, the government cannot offer jobs for Nigeria’s teeming youth until the private sector comes in.
He vowed to give land and a favourable environment for investors to prosper in the Territory and contribute to the growth of the nation’s capital.
According to him: “When I got the invitation, I pleaded with the management to move it to Friday so I can attend. When you approached me as governor, you promised to build this place.
“As a government, our duty is to provide the conducive environment. You promised to build four. Within one year, you’ve built three. You’ve provided employment for our people.
“It is not only government that can bring development. Let it not be only that it is only in Rivers State. Come to Abuja and build some there. We’ll provide lands.”
Similarly, the Rivers State Governor, Fubara on his part, said: “It is now on record that when Hypercity 3 was commissioned, I was also part of it. Our desire when we came onboard was to continue to uplift the development of the State based on consolidation.
“This is adding value to the economy of Rivers State. As a government, we will continue to give you security as all you need to succeed. This is because government cannot do it alone. Private organisations need to join hands for the development of the state. The organisation should also expand to FCT and other places.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State counterpart who made a similar appeal, noted: “I’ve also told the MD of Hypercity that I will give him land free and tax holiday and I will also provide security for you. Oyo state is the gateway of the Southwestern part of Nigeria. This will also boost the economy of Oyo State.”