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CEO Jumia Nigeria calls presidential candidates to prioritise investment in infrastructure

The Chief Executive Officer, Jumia Nigeria, Mrs Juliet Anammah, has called on all the presidential candidates and those vying for the National Assembly seats in the 2019 general elections to prioritise investment in infrastructure.

She also urged them to promote bills that would foster the country’s digital economy when elected into office.

A statement by the company on Tuesday quoted Anammah as making the call in Lagos while discussing how the outcome of the elections might impact e-commerce businesses.

She noted that the industry had the potential of becoming a top contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, which recorded a 1.90 per cent growth in 2018, compared to 0.80 per cent in 2017.

She emphasised that for Nigeria to achieve significant economic growth and its millennium development goals, huge investment must be committed to addressing the infrastructure deficits in the country.

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This, according to her, is because the bulk of most business transactions depend heavily on logistics, citing Jumia as an example.

“The outcome of the 2019 elections will have an enormous impact on investment policies, debt management, public sector spending, and security and governance reforms, among others. One of the fundamental areas of the economy needing urgent attention is infrastructure,” she added.

Anammah added, “While considerable improvements have been made, I will like to urge the candidates aspiring for political offices to influence and implement policies that will foster economic growth by investing in infrastructure, non-oil sector, and the digital economy powered by technology,” she added.

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