The Conference of the Northern States Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture CONSCCIMA has said that its economic and investment summit in October will address security and employment challenges in the north.
Chairman of CONSCIMMA, Ahmad Rabin said in Abuja at a briefing on the 2nd Economic and Investment Summit scheduled from October 15- 16th October in Minna that the conference would adopt measures to revamp the region’s economic base and engage the youths in ventures that would keep them away from social vices.
According to him, the summit would also examine the effects of insecurity on the economy of Nigeria and northern Nigeria, as well as develop a clear and realistic integrated economic revival agenda for the region.
Rabin said that the summit would harness the vast experience and resources of people of the region and its various governments for economic rebirth stressing that the summit would be about rebirth, revival and reinvention of the north as a region and would be tied to the Federal Government’s transformation agenda.
The CONSCIMMA chairman said that the security situation was not peculiar to the north as “insecurity is a global phenomenon’’ adding that the north would soon overcome the challenge, and urged the private sector to invest in areas that are peaceful and less volatile.
On the planned introduction of N5, 000 notes, Rabin described the policy as a welcome development, adding that it would enhance economic activities in Nigeria and the region in particular.
Meanwhile, the Director-General, Borno Chamber of Commerce, Mrs Yagana Ahmed, has said that the state government is working on a youth empowerment scheme for graduates.
Ahmed hinted that youths would be given training on agriculture, shoe-making and carpentry as a measure aimed at reducing unemployment and create job opportunity for the youth.
She added that the second phase of the scheme would encourage youths to undertake specialised training in areas where the state had comparative advantage, stressing that the state was still economically viable in spite of the challenge of insecurity