2020 Independence: FG Rolls Out Activities For Nigeria @ 60 Celebration

The Federal Government has reiterated its determination towards ensuring national economic development through diversification and less dependent on oil.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo stated this in Abuja while briefing newsmen on Nigeria @ 60 celebration.

Otunba Adeniyi who is also the Chairman, Ownership Sub-committe of Nigeria @ 60 said the present administration had made necessary efforts to encourage the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises towards boosting the nation’s Gross Domestic Products, GDP.

According to him, Activities lined up for the celebration include exhibition of made in Nigeria products, live performance of cultural troupes from the six geopolitical zones of the country, essay competition, photo gallery, exhibition of Nigerian cuisines, compendium and national award

“It is therefore not surprising that in celebrating 60 years of our nationhood, the fruits of the labour of our people to create products and services deserve to be celebrated and encouraged and the exhibition of made in Nigeria products will therefore further reveal the tremendous potentials that abound in our quest for self sufficient and self reliance” the Minister stated.

He explained that the celebration also seeks to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria to the whole world to enable the country become a destination of choice for tourism.

Otunba Adeniyi who noted that Nigeria has a lot to celebrate advised Nigerians to keep hope alive for a better and greater country.

The Minister who said the celebration of Nigeria @ 60 would be in collaboration with the private sector solicited the support of the media organizations in promoting news reports that would further unite Nigerians and show promise of a greater tomorrow for Nigeria.

In a remark, a representative of the private sector for the celebration, Mr Femi Oyelade said notable Nigerians have been nominated for various categories of awards for their contributions to national development.

According to Mr Femi Oyelade the essence is to encourage other Nigerians in the task of building a strong and better Nigeria worthy of emulation.

The Federal government had in 2020 announced that the independence celebration would be for one year.

Matthew Ayoola/Abuja

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