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FMITI to spend ₦2.5bn on roadshows, others

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By Okunloye Abiodun

New office spaces, enhancing trade intelligence, and others to be achieved.

The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in 2024 has allocated a budget of ₦2.5bn for various initiatives. This hefty sum will be utilised towards acquiring furniture and new fittings, reorganising office spaces through effective partitioning, enhancing trade intelligence, promoting investments, revitalising the ministry’s image, and organising informative roadshows. Based on a thorough examination of the recently approved 2024 Appropriation Bill, it has been revealed that the ministry is to spend a substantial ₦500m for endeavours related to investment promotion, reshaping of their public image, and conducting various roadshows.

It was also revealed in the bill that another ₦500m has also been allotted towards the purchase of office furniture as well as fixtures, while an equivalent sum of ₦500m has been set aside for the establishment of new offices as well as the partitioning of spaces within the new FMITI headquarters building. However, the trade ministry has recently faced scrutiny as senators raised concerns regarding a budget allocation of ₦1bn for a trip to Geneva.

Utilization of funds by the ministry was criticised.

During a session of the Senate Committee on Trade, Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite, the Minister of Trade, Industry, and Investment, addressed the matter, which had been raised during a budget defence. Adams Oshiomhole, who was once the Governor of Edo State and currently serves as the Senator representing Edo North, spoke against the allocation, stating that it was an imprudent use of taxpayer money. He emphasised the importance for the minister to reconsider her plan to go to Geneva and instead utilise the specialists in her ministry.

He further expressed concern over the significant amount of money allocated, exceeding ₦1bn, for the upcoming trip next year. He strongly advocated for a more efficient approach, highlighting the need to avoid oversized teams during international travels. He suggested tapping into the expertise available in their offices located in the country as a means of cost-saving. The establishment of a Trade Intelligence Unit is also included in the ministry’s budget, with an allocation of ₦1bn.

Nigeria’s vast potential should be used to foster industrial growth.

In the Senate’s budget presentation, Oshiomhole expressed his apprehensions regarding the scarcity of comprehensive data regarding Nigeria’s economic dealings with its key trading partners. He raised a question to the minister, seeking clarification on the trade balance, particularly concerning China. He also emphasised that countries exporting goods to Nigeria should be obliged to establish manufacturing facilities within the country. It is imperative for them to harness Nigeria’s vast population potential in order to foster industrial growth.

He urged her to remain in her workspace and dedicate herself to serving Nigerians. He has visited the ministry on two occasions, yet she consistently chooses to be at the BoI. He further remarked that if she truly preferred the BoI, she should have declined the President’s appointment as a minister. However, in her reply, the commerce minister expressed her disappointment in admitting that there appears to be no data evidence of the country’s Balance of Trade.

Generation and storage of data will be ensured.

Lastly, she confirmed the initiation of a new department known as the Trade Intelligence Unit, which intends to guarantee the generation and storage of data. This assertion by the minister disregards the fact that the National Bureau of Statistics already provides comprehensive information on Nigeria’s trade statistics every quarter. Data has a significant impact on different sectors and industries in Nigeria. The implementation of data and the utilisation of data-driven initiatives enable organisations to foster growth, enhance competitiveness, and enhance decision-making abilities.


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AN-Toni
Editor
2 months ago

FMITI to spend ₦2.5bn on roadshows, others.New office spaces, enhancing trade intelligence, and others to be achieved.Express your point of view.

SarahDiv
Member
1 month ago

The allocation of ₦2.5 billion by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment for various initiatives, including office improvements and trade intelligence, is a positive step. However, scrutiny over a ₦1 billion budget for a Geneva trip highlights concerns about efficient use of funds. Senators stress the importance of in-house expertise and comprehensive trade data. The ministry defends the allocation, citing the establishment of a Trade Intelligence Unit to generate and store data. Efficient use of funds and transparency are crucial for effective governance.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
1 month ago

The plan of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) to spend ₦2.5 billion on roadshows and other initiatives is definitely a positive step towards enhancing trade intelligence and promoting economic growth. Investing in new office spaces and other resources can provide a conducive environment for businesses and help attract both local and international investors. Roadshows can also play a crucial role in showcasing the potential of Nigerian industries and fostering partnerships. It’s great to see the government taking proactive measures to support trade and investment.

Kazeem1
Member
1 month ago

It’s a noteworthy step that the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has allocated ₦2.5 billion for various programs. Good governance requires both openness and the efficient use of resources is essential transparency should be shown

Taiwo
Member
1 month ago

FMITI is planning to invest ₦2.5 billion on roadshows and other initiatives. Upcoming goals include creating new office spaces and improving trade intelligence.They are committed to improving trade intelligence and building new office premises, as evidenced by their ₦2.5 billion investment in roadshows and other projects.