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Vice President Kashim Shettima Canvasses Public-Private Partnership to Stimulate Economic Growth

Vice President Canvasses Partnership

Vice President Kashim Shettima has called for a more robust collaboration between government and business leaders to propel the nation’s economic aspirations.

According to him, open dialogue, shared insights, and collaborative work between the public and private sectors are necessary to develop solutions tailored to Nigeria’s unique realities.

Speaking recently at a gathering of top industrialists at the Heirs Holdings Group Directors’ Annual Summit Dinner in Abuja, Shettima called for synergy between the political class and economic stakeholders, emphasising that the two spheres are not opposites but complementary forces vital for national stability and progress.

He said: “Politics is too important to be left to the politicians, and enterprises that define our economic destination are too important to be left to the businessmen alone to develop.”

Aligning with President Bola Tinubu’s economic agenda, the Vice President urged conglomerates to serve as pipelines for the administration’s practical economic vision, departing from cosmetic reforms of the past.

“Collaboration between the public and private sectors is the ingredients of a thriving economy. We must engage in open dialogue and share insights and work together to crop solutions that are peculiar to our realities. Whether it is tackling unemployment, reducing poverty, or enhancing education and healthcare, our partnership must aspire to drive sustainable development and create a safe future for all Nigerians,” he stressed.

He hailed the Chairman of Heirs Holdings Group, Tony O. Elumelu, CFR, describing him as an “enigma and a banking colossus whose entrepreneurial exploits have carved a niche in Africa’s economic landscape.”

The Vice President lauded the Heirs Holdings Chairman’s visionary leadership and commitment to empowering young African entrepreneurs.

“Tony Elumelu belongs to the class of wealthy men because he generates wealth and opportunities and is a harbinger of great tidings to the Nigerian people,” Shettima said.

Speaking earlier, Chairman of Heirs Holdings Group, Elumelu, reaffirmed the Group’s unwavering commitment to the philosophy of Africapitalism and empowering young entrepreneurs across the continent.

Elumelu, whose business empire spans 24 countries, noted that the annual gathering serves as a platform to review achievements, business practices, and learn from the experiences of over 100 board members.

“Today, we started our Annual General Meeting, and it will continue until Saturday. Sessions like this afford us the opportunity to reflect on everything we have done within the year, look at things we should have done better, learn from our past mistakes, and re-strategise on how to accomplish our purpose,” Elumelu stated.

According to him, at the core of Heirs Holdings’ ethos is Africapitalism – the belief that the private sector must play a leading role in Africa’s development.

He stressed the Group’s focus on human impact, citing the empowerment of 20,000 young African entrepreneurs with a non-refundable seed capital of $5,000 each through the Tony Elumelu Foundation as their most significant recent achievement.

Elumelu, expressed confidence that the collective efforts of Heirs Holdings and other business groups would contribute to transforming the African continent and uplifting the black race globally.

In her welcome address, Heirs Holdings Non-Executive Director, Co-founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation and Chairperson of Avon Healthcare Limited and Avon Medical Practise, Dr. Awele V. Elumelu, described Vice President Shettima as an exemplary leader committed to public service and nation-building.

(Coined from Thisdaylive)