FG To Fast-Track UNIDO Industrialisation Programmme In Nigeria

The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum has said that the Steering and Program Coordinating Committees of the Nigeria-United Nations Industrial Development Organisation Country Program (2018 – 2022), would move fast in ensuring timely and effective implementation of the programs and projects, as enshrined in the Country Programme.

Katagum who is the Chairperson, Steering and Program Coordinating Committees of the Nigeria-UNIDO Country Program (2018-2022) stated this during the inauguration of the Committees on Monday in Abuja.

The Minister stated that, “We, as a Committee, will move fast, to ensure timely implementation of the programs and projects, as enshrined in the Country Programme.

“Let me at this point congratulate other members of the Steering and Program Coordinating Committees and assure them of my leadership and cooperation, in the effective implementation of the Nigeria UNIDO Country Programme 2018 – 2022”.

Katagum urged the Committee members to put in their very best to enable Nigeria derive maximum benefit from the programme, most especially in areas where there are competitive and comparative advantages, in line with the diversification agenda of the Federal Government.

While noting that so much time had been lost prior to the commencement of the Country Programme, she expressed confidence that the desired results would be achieved within the stipulated period

According to the Minister “The expectations of the Ministry in the implementation of the Country Program are enormous and understandable, especially in terms of technical cooperation, as well as enhancing industrial competitiveness, market access, innovation and investment promotion.

“In this regard, I want to urge UNIDO to come up with an action plan, for each of the thematic groupings, with respective assigned responsibilities.”

UNIDO Representative to ECOWAS and Regional Director, Nigeria Regional Office Hub, Jean Bakole, reaffirmed the organization’s commitment towards supporting inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Nigeria.