Governors of Zamfara State ( Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari); Sokoto (Aminu Tambuwal); Benue (Samuel Ortom ); IfDelta (Ifeanyi Okowa); Plateau (Simon Lalong ); Kwara (Abdulfatah Ahmed); Ebonyi (David Umahi ) and Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke who is representing Governor Willie Obiano are presently in China, to woo investors for their respective states.
One of the facilitators of the ongoing China-Nigeria Governors Investment Forum in Guangzhou, who is also Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Blue Diamond Logistics, Festus Mbisiogu, called on governors to prevail on the The People’s Republic of China and other investors to begin implementation of trade agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Federal government during President Muhammadu Buhari’s state visit to China, in April 2016
Mbisiogu said that it behoves on the Nigerian delegation in China, to ensure last year’s recommendations and those that would be entered into, in the ongoing investment forum are implemented, “especially now that Nigeria is looking for means to get out of economic recession.”
He said it would amount to effort in futility if the recommendations are not implemented.
The Blue Diamond boss said the purpose of the event include, to attract direct foreign investment to the country, job creation for our teeming youths and industrial revolution.
He advised the state executives to concentrate discussion on how private companies and the government of China can explore the enormous resources Nigeria is endowed with which, he said, are lying fallow.
Mbisiogu reiterated the importance of steady power supply in an emerging economy like Nigeria and urged the governors to woo private companies and various levels of governments in China to invest in the power sector.
He urged the governors who attended the event in China to target Green Field Investment, as it will create employment and encourage transfer of skills to our youths without which the investment forum may be a mirage.