Bauchi governor, Senator Bala Mohammed
By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has described the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) as beneficial to the state.
The governor made the remarks when members of the committee of the African Continental Free Trade Area visited him at the Council Chamber, Government House, Bauchi.
Mohammed said that the state government will constitute a high powered committee to ensure effective implementation of the trade agreement in the state.
He also said that his administration will fully comprehend the opportunities in the agreement in order to achieve the set objectives and open up trade opportunities for the people of the state to participate.
He added that, “I welcome you to our state Bauchi on this very important national assignment, I am happy to note that you have discussed extensively with our stakeholders in Bauchi and we are ready always to partner with the federal government for the enhancement and improvement of the quality of lives of our people.”
The Governor said that the state government will also give opportunity to citizens to actualize their aspirations in trading, mining and in any legitimate endeavor to raise GDP of the state.
He said, “You are coming to the home of Enterprises, and we will leverage on all the opportunities to brought to us in Bauchi.” This agreement is beneficial to our state.”
Earlier, the Director, Trade, Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar who led the delegation said the visit is to discuss with the state government on how to adopt strategy for the implementation of the african continental free trade area for the benefit of the state.
Abubakar said that, “Your Excellency, we are here to engage with you and other stakeholders to see how we can work together. The African We are here to engage with you and other stakeholders to see how we can work together. The African Continental Free Trade Area is a market of about over billion people. It has growth domestic GDP of four billion US dollars, so it is an opportunity for Nigeria to trade under the agreement.”