By John Ikani
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha says the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Exhibition and Trade Fair showcases the empowerment schemes at the grassroots level being driven by the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mustapha made this known on Monday while delivering his remarks during the opening ceremony of the ALGON exhibition/trade fair at the Old Parade Ground in Garki Abuja with the theme: Nigeria Third Tier of Governance As The Stimulant For Cohesion, Unity, Economic Growth And Development.
The SGF who was represented by Mr Fasina, Director in the office of the SGF and the Secretary of the Ownership Sub-Committee of the Nigeria @ 60 Celebrations, noted that the Trade Fair/ Exhibition event was also organized to promote massive economic development, adding that it underscores Nigeria’s unity in diversity as it brings together all 774 Local Government Administrations in Nigeria and related stakeholders involved in grassroots governance to address the need for fast-tracking and stimulating the rural economy, based on heightened Agricultural and Agro-allied Industrial and related service activities.
He further noted that the event will equally attract the attention of prospective investors to the investment opportunities that abound in every local government area in Nigeria.
Mustapha, therefore advised members of ALGON to put aside whatever their difference and work for the common good of all, stressing that teamwork would ensure their meaningful contribution to governance in the country and showcase their relevance to the ordinary people.
What you should know
The ALGON exhibition/trade fair aims to bring together all 774 local Government Administrations and the FCT Area Councils and related stakeholders involved with grassroots governance to address the need for fast-tracking and stimulating the rural economic development based on heightened agricultural and agro-allied industrial activity at that third tier of governance.
The event is expected to produce outcomes that will create compelling sensitization and awareness by exposure of the salient economic potentials inherent in each Local Government Area in Nigeria; with a view to identifying investment potentials and harnessing the promotion of Job creating economic activity in the Local Government.
The platform of exhibiting the agricultural and natural resources will boost the rural economy and by multiplier effect generate the capacity for development by the local government administration nationwide.