Istanbul - One of Turkey’s major investors, Mr Ugur Nazli, has pledged to invest
massively in Nigeria’s housing and tourism sectors to boost the
Nazli made the pledge at a reception he organised for a delegation of
businessmen from Kano and Bauchi states on Sunday in Istanbul.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the businessmen were in Istanbul for the 2013 Nigeria-Turkey business summit.
Nazli promised to construct affordable houses and world-class hotels
in Abuja and Kano as part of efforts to bring down the cost of houses in
the two cities.
Nazli noted that Nigeria has potential for economic growth through
foreign investment flow and also a large market for investors because of
its large population.
He called for closer cooperation between Nigeria and Turkey to promote business interests in the two countries.
The Turkish businessman noted that Nigeria and Turkey shared similar
cultural settings and urged businessmen from both countries to take full
advantage of the opportunity to grow their economies.
Responding on behalf of the Nigerian business delegation, Alhaji
Sarki Ibrahim, a traditional title holder in Kano (Makaman Kano),
thanked the Turkish businessman for the reception.
Ibrahim said the decision by the Turkish businessman to invest in
Nigeria and in Kano, in particular, showed the confidence he had in
He promised that the government and people of Kano State would
provide the necessary support and cooperation for the actualisation of
the project in Kano.
NAN reports that the delegation from Bauchi State comprised members
of the House of Assembly and Alhaji Isa Kufai, a director-general in the
The summit was organised by Turkey’s Confederation of Businessmen and
Industrialists to explore business opportunities in the two countries.
This year’s meeting was declared open by Mr Foluso Adeshida, Nigerias deputy Head of Mission in Turkey.