Genuine manufacturers will get Abuja industrial lands- FCT Minister

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration says henceforth, it would only allocate plots of land in the Abuja industrial zones to genuine manufacturers that have the capacity to develop it for the purpose the plots are earmarked for within a time frame.

The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello disclosed this after receiving a delegation of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) led by its President, Dr. Frank Jacobs in his office in Abuja.

The Minister said that, the present Administration would support the manufacturers, as their activities would go a long way in creating employment for the teeming unemployed youths in the Territory, in line with the vision of the Federal Government, under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mallam Bello appealed to Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, to help woo investors to come and invest in the city; assuring them that FCT Administration will make Abuja friendly for the manufacturers.

We need industries to lubricate our economy and to also help generate employment for the citizenry”, said Bello.

He promised to strengthen a department in the FCT Administration to serve as a focal point for the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria to create the desirable synergy.

The Minister also noted that the Administration would later in the year organise an Economic Summit to discuss how to move the capital city forward.

 Tax Harmonisation

Addressing the issue of multiple taxation of manufacturers by various government agencies in the Federal Capital Territory, the minister appealed to the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria to be calm, saying that “it was a national problem because such things happen in all the states of the federation but his Administration would look into it”.

Speaking earlier, the President of Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria, Dr. Frank Jacobs called for harmonisation of taxes in the Federal Capital Territory.

The President appealed to the Minister to provide more infrastructures to the Idu Industrial Zone to attract more manufacturing activities.

The FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye and other top management staff of the FCT Administration attended the brief.