FG Partners UNIDO for Economic Diversification


The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN stated that Nigeria would continue to partner with the United Nations International Development Organisation, (UNIDO) and its affiliates for its socio-economic development

Fashola disclosed this today in Abuja when he received in audience the Representative of ECOWAS and Regional Director, Nigeria Regional Hub, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Jean Bakole and members of his team during a courtesy visit.

The Minister reaffirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was committed to developing and renewing the infrastructural deficit of the country for efficiency, growth and development. However, He also said that Mr. President was always ready to embrace any policy geared towards improving the nation’s infrastructure.

Fashola however reiterated the commitment of the present administration to securing lives and properties growing the economy and tackling corruption all geared towards improving infrastructure and industrial development.

The Minister charged UNIDO to assist Nigeria towards her match for industrialization either in the area of manufacturing, or Agro production, stressing that Federal Government’s commitment towards that direction was already yielding result as most of her agro- products were  being exported to both Northern and Central African region.  He also disclosed  that there were  existing fiscal policies in Nigeria  to give relief  to producers.

Earlier, the leader of the UNIDO delegation, Jean Bakole stated that UNIDO had  come to work with Nigeria and add value to its economy, pledging that UNIDO would  give support in innovation, science and technology, research and development, agro-business, small and medium enterprises, minerals and metals and eco friendly environment.

He also stated that UNIDO was  ready to partner with investors in the area of building, construction trade and capacity development in Nigeria.

Stephen Kilebi
Deputy-Director (Press)