Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
A consultant with Oanda Consulting Nigeria, a multi-sectoral firm based in Nigeria, Oluwayomi Oyebanjo, has decried the nonchalant attitude of government towards patronising the private sector to drive the economy.
Oyebanjo made this lamentation in Makurdi on Friday during the presentation of the award of Brand Ambassador 2019-2020 to Mr Nguvan Kyenge, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lush Events Centre based in Makurdi.
While stressing that the country requires people with ideas to boost the economy and place the country among other developed African countries, Oyebanjo called on governments at all levels in Nigeria to value development and governance so as to achieve this aim.
He revealed that the consulting firm has over 500 million-dollar platform with the King of Zulu in South Africa and another 180 million to be injected into the Nigerian business economy, adding that the organisation is trying to identify leaders of thoughts and of repute to guarantee them.
“It is unfortunate that we have not been patronised by this administration. Stakeholders in the state have shown reluctance but the Tor Tiv, Orchivirgh Prof. James Ayatse who is our ambassador has been encouraging us and we do appreciate him for that,” he said.
The programme director explained that brand ambassadorial award aims to project Nigerian entrepreneurs to have distinguished themselves in their chosen field, adding such person would project the country’s image at the Global Business Roundtable to hold in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In her acceptance speech, the brand ambassador, Kyenge, while commending Oanda Consulting Nigeria for the honour, stressed the need for government to support Small Medium Enterprises, (SMEs) to enable them to drive the economy.
Kyenge who is also, the President, Entrepreneur Network Nigeria, (ENN) maintained that the Global Business Roundtable would provide lots of opportunities for investors from Nigeria especially SMEs, even as she expressed the assurance that her period as ambassador would be impactful.