FG pledges timely implementation of Nigeria, UNIDO programmes

The Federal Government has pledged timely and effective implementation all United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) counterpart programmes in Nigeria.

Speaking in Abuja during the inauguration of the steering and programme coordinating committee of Nigeria UNIDO country programme), the chairperson of the committee, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Katagum said government would “move fast in ensuring timely and effective implementation of the programmes and projects, as enshrined in the country programme.

“We as a committee will move fast to ensure timely implementation of the programmes and projects as enshrined in the country programme. Let me at this point congratulate other members of the steering and programme coordinating committees and assure them of my leadership and cooperation in the effective implementation of the Nigeria UNIDO country programme 2018 – 2022.”

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

She noted that a lot of time has been lost prior to the commencement of the country programme, but she expressed confidence that the desired results would be achieved within the stipulated period.

The minister said, “the expectations of the ministry in the implementation of the country programme 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.”

The minister further said that “they would bring their wealth of experience and technical expertise to bear on the national assignment that is expected to positively impact on the present and future of Nigerian citizens.”



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