Alhaji Bashir Yuguda

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

Yuguda, gave this assurance at a news conference in Abuja, ahead of the forum billed to hold between 7 and 9 May in Abuja, with the theme “Inclusive Growth for Job Creation”.

He said, 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,” he 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.

Yuguda said more than 1,000 delegates have registered and that more participants are 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.

This is the first World Economic Summit to be hosted by Nigeria and the 24th in Africa.