By Adedapo Adesanya
The federal government conceived the idea of building a aerotropolis at airports across the country, which will showcase Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and tourism potential while stimulating business and investment.
This was done when the head of Expo EnjoyNigeria 2021, Mr. Isa Yusuf Sago, visited the Ministry of Aviation to seek collaboration ahead of the exhibition.
Minister Hadi Sirika said the ministry has introduced and collaborated on many programs to showcase Nigeria’s rich heritage and cultural and tourism potential.
Mr. Sirika, represented by Mr. Shehu Mohammad, who pledged his cooperation and support for the success of the event, said that one of the programs introduced was aerotropolis, which means “eco-city”.
Explaining further the concept of aero, he said, “If you go to India, Singapore, Dubai or Qatar, their airports are surrounded by international hotels, leisure centers and tourism industries.
“This is what we want to implement in the international airports of Abuja, Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Kano.
For his part, the organizer, EnjoyNigeria Expo 2021, Mr. Sago, said that the trade and cultural exhibition organized by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) is designed for the benefit of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country. sub-sector.
He said that the international exhibition would go a long way in showcasing Nigerian products and their entry into the world.
He explained that MSME operators and entrepreneurs in the country have not been given enough platform to showcase their products both locally and internationally, so there is an urgent need to bridge the existing gap.
As part of efforts to boost the activities of MSME operators and entrepreneurs, he said, they will be trained in best business practices and will benefit from the support and networking of other large-scale operators and investors during the course of the year. ‘Expo.
“We’re here to help businesses grow. Our vocation is to help Nigeria.
“We had identified these gaps and we must fill them for the good of our people and Nigeria. “
He stressed the need to promote Nigeria’s creative, entertainment, cultural and tourism industries, adding that these sectors of the economy are multi-billion dollar industries that should be explored for job creation and generation of people. income.
Speaking further, the organizer pointed out that the food, fashion, music, creative, art and culture, creative performance and tourism sector will feature during the l weeklong event that will start December 6-12, 2021 in Abuja.
He therefore called on the government to create an environment conducive to the development of SMEs, adding that the government must look inward and empower SME operators and entrepreneurs in the country.
Mr. Sago further revealed that already the Federal Ministries of Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Information and Culture; Youth and Sports put all their weight behind the Expo.
Therefore, he sought support and collaboration with the Ministry of Aviation to facilitate the movement of potential investors during the program.
Also speaking, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Investment Director Ms Funke Ajayi said the upcoming exhibition will help unite Nigeria as many SME operators and entrepreneurs from the whole country would actively participate and network with each other during the exhibition.