By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA—Director-General of the organising committee for the celebration of Nigeria’s Golden Jubilee, Dr. B.K Kaigama, has narrated the ordeal his committee had passed through in the hands of foreign multi-national companies operating in Nigeria over sponsorship of the events lined up for the anniversary.
He regretted that the companies turned their back on the country at the most crucial time they were needed to sponsor activities marking the nation’s Golden Jubilee, which begin today.
Fielding questions from newsmen at the Gala Night held in Aso Villa on Sunday, as a prelude to what the world should expect at the celebration proper, Kaigama remarked that the initial plan of his committee was to involve some multi-national companies operating in the country in the sponsorship and financing of all the activities lined up for the celebration but that they all turned their back on the country.
“Instead of responding positively to the letter we addressed to them seeking for sponsorships of the anniversary activities, some of them took the copies of the letter to the press, portraying us as begging,” Dr. Kaigama stated.
“We wrote the letter in March this year and sent copies to all the foreign multinationals but we were surprised that long after the Federal Government had captured the anniversary celebration in it supplementary budget, newspapers came up with news about the letter as if it was a fresh case. The irony is that since March, none of the companies has responded to our letter”
The foreign multinational companies involved include multipurpose construction companies in and outside Abuja, oil exploration concerns in the Niger Delta region and manufacturing companies across the country.
The Director General regretted that such foreign multinational companies have decided not to be part of the growth of the country which provided them opportunities to progress in their businesses, and expressed concern that they even went ahead to spurn Nigeria in the press.
Kaigama’s Organising Committee is however, still soliciting from the private concerns, including banks, multinationals and others sponsorship of the state tour by the committee members after October 1st climaxing of the Golden Jubilee celebration, saying that such tours are meant to enliven the essence of the anniversary celebration in all the 36 states of the federation and that the tour of the states will continue up to December.