Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs to hold Economy Summit, Sept 14-15 By Bilkisu Aminu, Abuja The Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs on Tuesday announced plans to organize a partnership economy summit to be held between September 14-15, 2021. Sen. George Akume, the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, who was represented at the occasion by Amb. Anthonia Akpabio Ekpa, Phd. Permanent Secretary, made the disclosure at press briefing, said Summit would create four million jobs annually. He disclosed that about 1,000 participants are expected at the event, stressing that it will hold in strict observance with COVlD-19 protocols. He said the Summit with the theme: “Translating Global Goals to Local Businesses in Nigeria”, would hold at Abuja in partnership with a number of stakeholders, including the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), National Orientation Agency, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) and SDG Nigeria as well as MYK Psymmons Solutions Limited to ensure a successful Summit. “The essence of the upcoming Partnership Economy Summit scheduled for 14th and 15th September, 2021 is to ensure that we use the Universal Agenda 2030 and President Buhari’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty to build a Post-Covid -19 economy that is capable of addressing our present predicaments, an economy that is resilient and equipped to face future challenges” he added. Speaking in her capacity as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Anthonia Ekpa, said the event is to ensure that the Ministry actively collaborates with the private sector to create employment for a large number of Nigerian Youths. According to her, an alliance that the Summit would engender and unleash the Nigerians’ spirit of productivity, prosperity and excellence. “We are more than ready to drive the synergy from a multi-stakeholder platform like the cooperation model of Partnership Economy for the Government, the Business sector and the Civil Society will create a renaissance economy with robust production capacity”. Amb Ekpa stated.