|| By Anthony Isaac
The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) due to take off in July this year would boost Nigeria’s service delivery sector, the Executive Director of Nigeria Private Sector Alliance, Nwiabu Nuka has said.
Nuka who stated at a panel discussion organised by Greeners Business-to-Business, to mark its Annual National Economic Dialogue 2020 in Abuja, said Nigeria’s service delivery sector was the best amongst African countries and could be taken across borders.
He pointed at the country’s music industry which he noted has gone global and could found everywhere as well as fashion which the country was also endowed with.
Nuka also noted that Nigeria has good food to showcase unlike other African countries which perhaps have varieties of food but cannot prepare them well as Nigerians do.
He added that Nigerian banks were also doing well as they could be found in most African countries.
Another panelist, Mrs Ojoma Ochai, Director of Programmes, British Council Nigeria lauded the Federal Government’s new visa regime.
Ochai said before the takeoff of AfCFTA, those that wanted to come for businesses in Nigeria and were hindered due to difficulties in accessing visa could now leverage on this policy.
She urged government at all levels to give the opportunities to every Nigerian youth even the weak ones.
She added that attention should be given to both exceptional talented youth and the weak to develop themselves and contribute to the society.
Also contributing, Ms Iyalode Alaba Lawanson, former President of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), said Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) was critical to economic development hence government should focus on that.
Lawanson also urged young entrepreneurs to go through mentorship to rise adding that mentoring was important in MSMEs.