London - CBN governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on Wednesday urged Nigerian delegates to the Trade and Investment summit in London to honour their commitments to investors.
Sanusi said this when he gave an overview on the just conclude three-day summit organised by organised by the Bank
of Industry (BOI) and the Nigeria Olympic Committee(NOC).on the sideline of the 2012 London Olympics.
``If we give commitments it is our abilities to meet those commitments that will translate to deals; It is for us to make
sure we deliver on those commitments to investors.
``When you have road shows like this it is about telling the Nigerian stories and a lot now depends on the follow ups
Earlier, the Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi told the investors that the state had predictable investment environment, competitive incentives, joint venture opportunities and skills/ affordable labour.
``There is high return on investment in infrastructure development that will have fewer constraints on economic activities,’’ Fayemi assured investors.
His Oyo counterpart, Abiola Ajumobi said the state was one of the most peaceful with 27,000 hectares of able
``We are repositioning the state in the area of good governance, agro-based economy and making it a prime-centre for critical technology skilled citizens,’’ Ajumobi said.
Meanwhile, some of the participants at the summit commended the initiative describing it as very strategic.
Ms Robin Sanders, Former U.S Ambassador to Nigeria said the country was doing the right thing by marketing itself.
``Nigeria is very much on the right track; I have always been a supporter of Nigeria particularly on business and
Organisers should make all information on the summit available on the web and other communication entities,’’ Sanders said.
According to her the summit is about making deals with business people and so hopefully those in the audience and
those that made presentations will connect so that they can assess the business deals and focus on them.
She explained further that the essence was about business people coming together to identify opportunities, identify investments and moving forward about a particular idea
Contributing, Mr Lembit Opik , Registrar of the London Academy Business School described the conference as the
right way to go about things to achieve results.
``It is exactly the right way the right way to go,'' he said .
Opik however noted that too much attention is given to paper qualification (certificates, degrees) rather than skills education.
``From our work in Nigeria, we have realised that a lot of work in the Nigerian system is more about qualification, a piece of paper rather than what you can do with acquired skills .
``If you educate people, they become confident, they begin to realise what they can do for the nation and speak for themselves and they do not get pushed around by others,''he said.