In a recent meeting with the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Freeman, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, expressed the ministry’s intention to partner with Israeli experts to establish technology-driven farms aimed at bolstering agriculture and food production in Abuja. The collaboration is seen as a significant step to create employment opportunities for the youth and address concerns regarding food security.
During the meeting, Minister Wike assured Ambassador Freeman that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) would maintain a conducive environment for investors to engage in legitimate business activities within the FCT. He emphasized the importance of such partnerships in fostering economic growth and development in the region.
Regarding security matters, Minister Wike acknowledged the security challenges faced by the FCT, common to major cities worldwide, and expressed a willingness to collaborate with Israel to enhance the security situation. He recognized the difficulty of achieving 100% security but reiterated their commitment to work diligently to mitigate security threats and maintain a safe environment in the city.
In response, Ambassador Freeman assured the minister that the Israeli embassy is committed to adhering to existing rules and regulations within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). He also shared information about an ongoing capacity-building initiative aimed at supporting young Nigerian entrepreneurs and innovators from various regions of the country.
The initiative involves a six-month program based in Abuja, where young entrepreneurs receive training and mentorship from both Israeli experts and local Nigerians. This program aims to help these entrepreneurs build their companies, create jobs, and provide opportunities for funding and growth.