Sanusi unhappy with Nigerian ministers for missing meeting with investors in Washington

Sanusi unhappy with Nigerian ministers for missing meeting with investors in Washington
April 21
19:57 2018

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the emir of Kano, has expressed displeasure with the absence of government officials at a meeting with investors in Washington DC.

Speaking to journalists at an investment programme organised by the Nigerian embassy, Sanusi said Nigeria might lose investors because of tardiness and lackadaisical attitude.

The ministers who did not attend the event were Audu Ogbeh (agriculture), Ogbonnaya Onu (science and technology), Lai Mohammed (information) Babatunde Fashola (power), Ibe Kachikwu (state for petroleum resources), Kemi Adeosun (finance) and Kayode Fayemi (solid minerals).

They all had sessions at the IMF meeting. Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Yewande Sadiku, executive secretary of Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the expected governors were also absent.

“For the person sitting in London and who has a billion dollars to invest, he’s got Nigeria, he’s got Ghana, he’s got Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, you may be the biggest economy, but he may decide that rather than go through the hassle of investing $500 million in Nigeria, why not put $100 million in Ghana, $100 million in Rwanda, $100 million in Cote d’Ivore, just to have diversification benefit and the benefit of reaching out,” the monarch said.

“We had a meeting today with investors, we were supposed to start by 9am we started at 10. When I came in, they took me to the ambassador’s office to sit down, when investors were waiting down there. We had a list of people who were to be here, vice president, ministers, some of them are in town, but they haven’t come up.

“You invite top investors, your ministers are in Washington and they do not come to talk to the investors about Nigeria. That is not how you attract investors. If you have this forum in the Rwandan embassy, I assure you President Kagame himself would be there telling people to come to Rwanda.”

According to the emir, there was no reason for the absence of the officials and the challenges faced at the beginning of the event.

He said: “Sometimes it is about how we market ourselves, how we package ourselves. There is absolutely no reason for the Nigerian embassy to arrange a Nigeria is open for business forum with ministers in town, with governors in town and not have the coordination that they are actually here to meet with these investors.

“There is no reason why we should start one hour late, and there is no reason why the public address system should not work. Because at the end of the day, this is the first point of the country, he hasn’t even come to Nigeria so what will be his experience in Abuja and he is saying if I am having this experience in Washington, what will happen when I go to Abuja, when I go to Kano, how do I get to see the governor will it take me 10 hours?”

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, was the only minister at the event.


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  1. Avant-garde
    Avant-garde April 21, 21:19

    The ministers in Washington all came for a jamboree. What’s more? They did not prepare any briefs on the investment opportunities in the country and how to attract investors to the country. They only went there to seek investment opportunities for themselves, not to attract investors to Nigeria.

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    • Adeyemi
      Adeyemi April 21, 22:55

      They did not see Nigeria first.
      All our minister or future serving officer need proper re-orientation workshop before inauguration to their respective elected offices. This will at least challenge them on what is expected of them for that office

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  2. Ese Ehimare Dave
    Ese Ehimare Dave April 21, 22:42

    We Are in for a long thing. When we say these people in govt are not ready for governance they will say he are wailers. These are the lazy folks that populate our governance space.

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  3. Lal Ibru Matthew
    Lal Ibru Matthew April 22, 01:00

    Lamido Sanusi, please do not blow hot air. You too are part of Nigeria’s endemic pervasive corruption and American are no fools. What a waste of Nigeria treasury money for misleading Nigerian public seeking FDI.

    Lal Ibru Matthew.
    Houston, Texas.

    Reply to this comment
    • Kabir
      Kabir April 22, 10:01

      Obviously Mr. I run you’ve just exposed your ignorance, it would’ve been better to keep your mouth shut.

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  4. Amoo
    Amoo April 22, 07:32

    Nigeria is a country where their is no discipline. With what had happened now nothing will happened to them all what will talking about is politics on this issue .may God save us

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