NACOBPA Vows to Improve Business Environment in Nasarawa State
Mrs Juanna Bello, the Chairperson, Nasarawa Coalition of Business and Professional Association (NACOBPA), says the association is committed to improving the state’s business environment.
Bello, told the reporters on Thursday in Lafia that NACOBPA was a non-tribal and non-religious association; working through advocacy to attract investors.
She said that the association’s main aim was to improve the business environment and attract investors into the state, thereby securing the future of businessmen and women.
Bello said the establishment of NACOBPA in seven states in Nigeria was the brain-child of the Centre for International and Private Enterprises (CIPE) and the America Chamber of Commerce branch in Lagos.
“We are committed to ensuring that the business environment is healthier, safer and more secure for investors to operate.
“We are trying to change from the mindset of our business community from individualistic ways of doing business to collective ways of doing business; as there is power in unity.
“I believe that we can be more relevant and make more impacts if we start to think as a group; we should not only think profits but sustainability, so that we can build stronger future for posterity,’’ Bello said.
On the recent gubernatorial debate organised by the association, Bello said the debate was organised mainly for candidates to present their blueprints and manifestoes to the electorate.
She said that the debate served as a guide and an eye-opener for the electorate to enable them vote wisely and elect competent leaders.
“We called the political parties’ candidates to present their blueprints and manifestoes; to provide opportunity for the electorate to vote candidates of their choice to power,’’ the chairperson said.
On the recent business survey embarked upon by the association, she said the survey was one of NACOBPA’s efforts to move Nasarawa business community forward.
Bello said the survey captured some of the challenges facing the Nasarawa business environments such as security of lives and property, lack of access to fund and multiple taxation.
She said that the survey report would be handed over to the next governor of Nasarawa State.