FG Assures World Economic Forum Participants On security

WEFThe Supervising Minister of National Planning Commission, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, on Thursday assured delegates to the forthcoming World Economic Forum that the Federal Government would ensure their security.

Yuguda, who gave the assurance at news conference in Abuja, said the forum would hold between May 7 and May 9 in Abuja, with the theme: “Inclusive Growth for Job Creation”.

He said out of the nine committees set up to organise the forum, the security committee, chaired by the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, was given priority to ensure safety of participants.

“The Inspector-General of Police did inform me that adequate security arrangements have been put in place”, Yuguda said.

The minister, who said the country’s security challenges would not affect the organisation and participation of the forum, said the federal government had organised similar hitch-free events in the past.

He recalled that the federal government hosted the 12th Plenary of the 36-Member Countries Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development and other international events without hindrances.

Yuguda said more than 1,000 delegates had been registered and that more participants were expected to register.

He urged Nigerians to support the government in its effort to tackle security challenges and promote foreign direct investment in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the first World Economic Summit to be hosted by Nigeria and the 24th in Africa. (NAN)