Magnus Eze, Abuja
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said with the right policies of government and favourable economy indices, Nigeria is now an investors’ destination.
The minister said this in Abuja, yesterday, when he received a delegation of prospective Chinese investors in television production and animation films. The delegation was led by the Director of Culture and Tradition, in the Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China, Mr Chen Huanan.
Mohammed said with the Ease of Doing Business put in place by government, favourable business environment, Nigeria, no doubt is now an investors’ haven.
The minister said with a population of almost 200 million, 60 per cent of which are under 17, there is enormous opportunity available for the animation industry.
“We want to assure you that you have come to the right country because not only do we have the population, we have the educated class, the skill and millions of young people who are enthusiastic to embrace the programme.
“We have one of the most resourceful and young population in the world and they are enthusiastic to embrace the technology and turn it into something you may not recognise.
“The business environment is one of the best you can get, you will get the support of the government and you can be sure of return on your investment.
“If you come to partner with Nigeria, in few months you will be pleasantly surprised of the kind of progress you will make,’’ he said. The minister noted that animation film was presently the fastest growing genre in the film industry and unknown to many people, its most rudimentary form took root from Nigeria several decades back…”
Earlier, Huanan said Nigeria and China have built a strong relation in cultural exchange, among other areas. He said his team comprised of leading Chinese investors who are ready to promote and invest in the animation industry in Nigeria.