The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has commissioned the Abuja Furniture Mall developed by the Kugbo United Furniture Association in Abuja.
The Minister while commissioning the Mall called on the private sector exert their strength and expertise in partnership with government to grow the economy of the capital city.
Represented by the Managing Director, Abuja Markets Management Limited (AMML), Abubakar Usman Faruk, The Minister said he was delighted by the objectives of the Association in executing the project which was towards restoring business confidence and the maintenance of international standards in the production of furniture in the Federal Capital Territory.
While observing that the project was estimated to create about 2000 new jobs, he noted that its multiplier effect on the Economy will be greater in terms of Human resource development, technology transfer, youth empowerment and the attendant socio-economic benefits to the people of the FCT.
He therefore congratulated the furniture Association on the project and for keying in to the pol-icy direction of this Administration, urging them to continue to bring their strengths and exper-tise in the furniture industry to bear in partnering with Government in its effort at delivering so-cio- economic benefits to the good people of Nigeria.
“I want to seize this opportunity to challenge other Traders Associations and Business concerns in the FCT to borrow a leaf from the United Furniture Association Abuja in contributing their own quota in their various areas of businesses like this Association has done; so that together, we can strengthen the economy of the FCT and make it the city of our dreams”, the Minister also charged.
Continuing, he said:” on the part of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, we assure you that we will continue to support you in providing the enabling environment for your businesses to thrive. We are focused on providing the required infrastructure, the security and other policies and programs needed to boost business and uplift the living standards of residents of the FCT”.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of United Furniture Association, Abuja, Prince Emeka Egwuekwe identified lack of land spaces as a major challenge hindering the potentials of the furniture industry in the FCT and therefore urged the Minister to use his good office to address this challenge.