Nigeria’s opportunities great despite challenges, says Amina Mohammed
It is gratifying to note that Nigeria has a huge population with great economic opportunities despite current challenges facing the nation, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, has said. Mohammed disclosed this, yesterday, in a meeting at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in Abuja.
Mohammed noted: “This is a country that is diverse in nature, ethnicity, religious backgrounds and opportunities, but these are its strengths, not weaknesses and I think the narrative for Nigeria has to change to one that is very much the reality.”
The UN scribe stated that after travelling by train and through various roads in the northern parts of the country, she discovered that the roads were motorable, although there were ongoing repairs on some of them.
Speaking on her trips, she said, “What I saw along the way is a country that is growing, that is moving in the right direction both economically. Is it fast enough? No. Is it in the right direction? Yes, it is.
She noted: “The challenge remains with security, our social cohesion and the social contract between the government and the people. But I know that people are working on these issues.”4
She said the UN recognised the reforms in Nigeria and other nations, adding that the common global agenda was the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mohammad commended Nigeria’s quick response to the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed hope that the arrival of vaccines would be the beginning of the end of the crisis.
Responding, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, told his guest that the Federal Government was working hard to make Nigeria the entrepreneurial hub of Africa.
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