Governor Obi in South-Africa, Woos Investors to Nigeria

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Governor Obi has encouraged investors interested in Nigeria to feel free to come to the country for so many opportunities available. He said this on Tuesday during the South-African-Nigerian Business Forum in south- Africa, which was packaged as part of the State visit by the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to South Africa.


Speaking as a panelist at the Forum, Gov. Peter Obi said that Nigeria was a place to be now in terms of investment as, according to him, the country has the natural resources and huge population that are desiderata for investment. Giving example with the South African brewery giant, SABmiller, Obi said that in a year the company built it's facilities in Anambra State of Nigeria, that they confessed that in the history of the company, that Anambra and Nigeria is a place they have had highest return on investment, going beyond their projection. "Ladies and gentlemen, you see why Anambra is a place to be," Obi said.


Speaking further, Obi said that because of the success of SABmiller that other companies were presently building their facilities in the state. 


On the issue of security, Obi said that the problem with Nigeria was over sensationalization  of news from Nigeria. Though he agreed to the existence of security challenges, he insisted that Nigeria is safer than countries like South-Africa and Brazil.


Earlier in his own contribution, the Hon. Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga said that the President , Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was  during everything possible to overcame to  challenges to during business in the Country. He assured that the President would not relent.


The Presidents of Nigeria and South Africa, Dr. Jonathan and Presudent Jacob Zuma pledged that Nigeria and South-Africa would continue to work together for the integration and industrialization of Africa, creation of better micro economic regime, promotion of intra-African trades, continued economic linkages, strengthen relations,  and other activities that would be for mutual benefits to both countries and Africa. They urge the business community to invest more in Africa.


The event was attended by Ministers from Nigeria and South-Africa, Governors of Anambra and Bayelsa States, business communities from both con ties including the likes of  Dangote, Jim Ovia, Paschal Dozie, and Tony  Elumelu.


*Photo Caption - Aliko Dangote (middle), Peter Obi (left) and Akinwumi Adeshina (right), during the South-Africa-Nigeria Business Forum as part of President Goodluck Jonathan's State visit to South-Africa.

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