25 January 2013

Nigeria: NASS Not Against Centenary Celebration - Anyim

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim yesterday cleared the fog surrounding the proposed celebration of Nigeria's Centenary, saying the National Assembly is not opposed to the celebration.

Anyim who disclosed this to Journalists at a media chat in Lagos said the executive arm of government had no problem whatsoever with the National Assembly over the centenary celebration but rather working assiduously together to ensure its success.

He said the Senate President, David Mark only wanted to know the source of funding of the projects and celebration, noting that the upper legislative chamber welcomed the idea when they knew it would be private sector driven.

The former Senate President said the centenary celebration was primarily conceived to celebrate the country that would be clocking 100 years old by January 1,2014 and urged everybody to be involved because it offers a unique opportunity to focus global attention on Nigeria .

The SGF explained that the benefits that would accrue to the country would be enormous; pointing out the centenary city could secure a foreign investment of over $15 billion for the country.

"The centenary celebration will be multifaceted and multi - location event. It holds much promise for corporate - product commercials, more so provide unique opportunity for corporate organisations to properly present themselves as part of Nigeria's success story.

"With support and active participation of the private sector, the centenary celebration will provide, potentially 5,000 jobs directly and over 10,000 jobs indirectly. It will provide an economic boost especially to the informal sector , the pretty traders and the hospitality sector providers."

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