(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Governor Bala Mohammed spoke passionately about recent efforts in Bauchi State to improve the business environment and prepare the State to receive new investors. As part of these efforts, the State Government has been focused on removing encumbrances, bureaucratic bottlenecks, and implementing reforms in land administration to enhance the issuance of certificates of occupancy. He also described the engagement of the best hands in running the affairs of the State.
The Executive Governor made this known during a courtesy visit to Ms Yewande Sadiku, the Executive Secretary/CEO of Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) on Friday, 28 August.
During the visit, Governor Mohammed sought NIPC’s partnership and support in attracting investments in agriculture, solid minerals, and oil & gas. The ES thanked the Governor for taking ownership of driving the investment attractiveness of the State and committed NIPC’s support for the education and health sector investment event that the State plans to hold soon.
They also discussed NIPC’s “Book of States”, a document which profiles the competitive advantages and key investment prospects of each State in Nigeria.
Ms Sadiku noted that Bauchi State has about 2.4m ha of arable land untapped, Nigeria’s largest game reserve and other tourist attractions, large deposits of solid minerals such as gold, titanium, limestone, kaolin and zinc.
NIPC’s Book of States will be launched soon.
POTENTIAL IMPACT: The efforts by the state government to remove all encumbrances and bureaucratic bottlenecks that discourage investment in the state will help improve the business environment and prepare the State for fresh influx of investors. The implementation of reforms in land administration, which will enhance the issuance of certificates of occupancy, is a step in the right direction as it will make the state more investor friendly.