Published On: Mon, Mar 13th, 2017

Airport closure stalls Nigeria investment conference

Nnamdi-Azikiwe-International-AirportABUJA, (CAJ News) – ORGANISERS of the Nigeria International Trade and Investment Conference (NITIC) 2017 have been left counting their losses after the closure of the country’s main airport prompted the postponement of the summit.
Flights have been diverted from Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe to Kaduna International Airport but the move has not been received well in some quarters, including participants scheduled to attend the summit.
Sand Mba Kalu, spokesman of the conference organisers, said efforts to convince registered participants and embassies to use the Kaduna facilities were fruitless.
“We have talked to several of them but they seemed not interested in Kaduna,” said Kalu.
He said the only option was to postpone it to June, when the renovation work at the Abuja airport runway would have been over.
“This change in date is at a huge cost, with travels and other logistics altered,” Kalu said.
Africa International Trade and Development Trust is organising the event set for the NAF Conference Centre.
The conference, themed “Multiple Frontiers-Moving Away From Oil”, aims to bring local and international stakeholders to a common platform to strengthen the positive contributions from International Trade and Investment in the non-oil sector.
Focus is on agribusiness, manufacturing and financial services.
The summit is endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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