The Federal Government has re-affirmed its commitment to create an enabling environment to attract more investment opportunities into the country.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, gave the assurance in a statement in Abuja when a delegation from the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, WATIH visited him. The delegation was led by its Director-General, Michael Clements, to inform the ministry of its programme.

WATIH is funded under the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, set up in September 2019 with the objective of investing ninety million dollars, in which sixty million dollars had already been released for investment into Nigerian economy.

The programme has a view of creating forty thousand jobs in the private sector, out of which 50 percent was reserved solely for women to invest in waste management industry.

Clements also noted that WATIH would be working in seven states in Nigeria – Benue; Cross-River; Delta; Kaduna; Ebonyi; Kebbi; and Niger States. He said that the programme would increase production of value chain in maize, coffee, soya-bean, cow-pea , rice and fish-farming.