In a bid to make Abuja a major hub for conference tourism, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has extended an invitation to private sector organisations to consider investing in the conference tourism sector of the FCT by building world-class international conference centres and five-star hotels in the nation’s capital.
The Chief of Staff, Malam Muhammed Bashir Mai-Borno, who represented the Minister, said this when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Council of the Society of Petroleum Engineers on a courtesy visit to the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA.
Malam Bello said that the FCTA was willing to provide land for investors that have the intention of providing world-class conference facilities in the FCT.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Council of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Joe Nwakwue said that the Society intended to bid for the hosting of either the 2027 or 2030 SPE International Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition and solicited for the cooperation of the FCTA to bring the plan to fruition.
“Typically, it’s cities that bid and we facilitate it because it’s our industry. It’s a global event in every sense of the word. The Council met and we said we are going to bid for this in 2027 or 2030, depending on our state of preparedness.
But before we could do that, we have to find a city that will host this large crowd and we thought Abuja will be the most appropriate location to do that. So, we said let’s come and sit with you, share our vision and see if we get any traction in terms of what we can do to proceed with this plan,” he said.
Mr Nwakwue maintained that there were enormous benefits accruable to the FCT if Abuja won the rights to host the event, especially in the travel and tourism sector.
The Minister encouraged the Society of Petroleum Engineers to consider investing in the hospitality and the conferencing sector as part of efforts of hosting the 2027 or 2030 SPE International Conference and Exhibition.