By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Consul, Consulate of the Chad Republic in Kano, Alh. Assair Abubakar Ali has recommended Chad as an investment destination for businessmen from Nasarawa State.
According to a statement signed by the Consul of The Republic Of Chad, Assair Abubakar Ali Chadian, the envoy maintained that his country was not only peaceful and secure, but also economically stable, making it a safe place to invest.
Alh. Assair stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the governor of Nassarawa state, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, at the Government House in Lafia.
“Chad is a good place to invest especially in mainstream agriculture, livestock development and mining”, pointing out that there abound opportunities for Nasarawa entrepreneurs to set up companies in Chad.
‘We want your business community to identify with our potentials, especially now that our government seeks to transform Chad into an emerging economy in the next few years, by increasing the role of the private sector in the economy, especially through Foreign Direct Investment”.
“Agriculture accounts for a sizeable percentage of the country’s total gross domestic product, GDP, and the government is willing to give incentives and ensure that investments are protected”.
He said his country is determined to cement its long standing brotherhood with Nigeria adding that many Chadians are engaged in legitimate businesses in Nigeria while many Chad is also home to many Nigerians.
“People of Nasarawa state and other Nigerians have socio-cultural similarity with Chadians, but there is the need to strengthen economic cooperation”, he asserted.
In his remarks, the Nassarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, said his state is receptive to investors from Chad and other places.
He said his administration will create enabling environment to businesses to thrive thereby adding value to the economy.
Gov. Sule thanked the Chadian envoy for the visit, which he stated, would go a long way in promoting Chad-Nigeria relations.
Meanwhile, the Chadian envoy has expressed appreciation to Gov. S. Lalong of Plateau State for the warm reception accorded the Chadian delegation on their way to Nasarawa state.