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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Nigeria safe for investment, says Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan said in New York yesterday that Nigeria is safe for investment.
He spoke at the Third Nigeria Investment Summit organised by the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations and the African Business Roundtable.
The event was a follow up to Tuesday’s address of the President to the 67th United Nations General Assembly.
He had told world leaders about investment opportunities in Nigeria and the efforts he has been making to combat terrorism.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former United States Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice attended the event Investment Summit. National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bamanga Tukur was also there.
The President defended his style of prioritising projects to execute. He said: “You cannot do everything because if you do so, you will not go anywhere as a result of lack of resources. You only have to pick some vital things and do them and by so doing, you will make a complete change. I have a policy, and it is for a nation to change or develop,” he said.
Jonathan said his strategy in reviving Nigeria is to sanitise the business environment the same way he has sanitised the political process. He urged investors to patronise Nigeria, assuring them that his administration is committed to making it a safe environment for their businesses.
The President also urged investors to work hard to create more jobs and opportunities.
On electoral process, Jonathan assured the audience that those elected into public office will perform well. He urged Nigerians to have confidence in them.
“Everybody cannot be in government at the same time but what we do is carry everybody along. We always call on people and dialogue with them whenever issues arise to move the country forward. We believe that this will boost our economy because we really need to work together,” he said.
Blair said Nigeria is on its way up just like the African continent is also on its way up. Blair said he envisaged a new generation of people and leaders in business and politics coming together to develop Nigeria.
He therefore urged investors to look into the areas of education, reform and infrastructure in Nigeria, noting that if these sectors are reformed and changed, Nigeria will fully come up to meet its Millenium Development Goals targets.
Ms Rice said such an investment summit raises expectations that things are going to turn around in Nigeria and the world.
She said events such as this makes it evident that the Nigerian government is trying to do a lot of important things that will make the country achieve its objectives within the global economy.