Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, FCT Minister of State, has assured that this administration is committed to establishing a Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone, as a step towards achieving President Buhari’s agenda of lifting 100 million youth out of poverty in the agricultural value chain.
She assured that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will demonstrate its readiness in ensuring that the first zone is set up in the nation’s capital as a pilot scheme. Aliyu gave the commitment in Abuja when a delegation of Africa Development Bank (AfDB), led by the Senior Special Advisor to the president of AfDB on industrialization, Prof. Banji Oyeyinka, paid her a visit. To achieve this, the minister assured that provision will be made in the proposed year 2020 budget, adding that the FCT Administration will earmark up to 500 hectares of land to site the facility.
She further stated that the government will leverage on Federal Government Ease of Doing Business strides, the new network of roads and rails, and Abuja expanded world class airport, stressing that the FCT is traditionally strong in livestock, rice (cereals), horticulture, tubers, vegetables and varieties of economic trees.
She said: “The FCTA is committed to the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone and we will demonstrate our readiness in ensuring that the first zone is set up here in our corridor.
“As the seat of power to the largest economy in Africa, the FCT-SAPZ will be a thing of pride to Mr. President. “I look forward to briefing Mr. President soon that the FCTA is taking up the challenge to being the first to implement the SAPZ as a step towards achieving his agenda of lifting 100 million youth out of poverty”. Independent Newspaper