Shettima seeks PPP to drive economic growth

•Lauds Elumelu’s entrepreneurial vision


From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

Vice President Kashim Shettima has called for a more robust collaboration between the government and business leaders to propel Nigeria’s economic aspirations.  He made the call when he spoke at a gathering of top industrialists at the Heirs Holdings Group Directors’ Annual Summit Dinner in Abuja on Friday.

Shettima, in a statement issued by his media aide, Stanley Nkwocha, said open dialogue, shared insights, and collaborative work between the public and private sectors were necessary to develop solutions tailored towards Nigeria’s unique realities.

He advocated 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.

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 added.

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

Earlier, Elumelu reaffirmed the group’s 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.

In her welcome address, the Founding Trustee of the Tony Elumelu Foundation and Chairperson of Avon Healthcare Limited, Awele Elumelu, described Vice President Shettima as an exemplary leader committed to public service and nation-building.

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