By Vera Samuel Anyagafu
Nigerians in China have applauded the steps taken by Benue State Govenor-Elect, Mr. Smauel Ortom, who visited China in the bid to woe more Chinese investors to Nigeria.
Ortom whose visit was solely to capture more investors from China to disclosed that his office will ensure a more industralised Nigeria and Benue state.
During his visit to a number of notable Power Plants in Henan Province, China, in the company of Mr Audo Ogbeh and Blue-Diamond Group of Companies Chairman, Mr. Festus Mbisiogu, including a team of delegates from Benue state, the Benue state governor-elect promises that his tenure would enable progressive industrialization in Nigeria.
According to him, we shall intensify efforts to improving agriculture, energy as well as ensuring industrialization of Benue state and Nigeria, adding that he is optimistic that many Nigerians in China have concluded plans to extending their investments back home for a better Nigerian economy.
He said, “It is imperative to start work now, so as to make sure all plans for the state and the country come to fulfillment before the end of the 4 year tenure.
It is also important that we engage our people to work according to priorities, as we shall remain committed to issues that will only move the state and country forward as well as create jobs for majority of the Nigerian youths.”
The business meeting in China which also disclosed strategies to making Nigeria the largest economy in the world also promises to consolidate on efforts to wooing reputable Chinese investors to Nigeria.
Also speaking at the meeting, Chief Audu Ogbe, who shared the same view with the Benue state governor-elect, said that Nigeria should focus more on agriculture, which he noted as the key to meeting up the growing population of the country.
According to Ogbe, Nigeria’s population in 2050 may hit 450 million, and the expectation is enough to make Nigerians worry about the future of the Nigerian children in terms providing them with food.
He also said that there is urgent need for mechanised agriculture in the country, since many young Nigerians appear reluctant and less interested in manual labor.
He therefore suggests that both countries governments can partner in the area of mechanized farming for the growing population of Nigeria.
Similarly, Blue Diamond boss, Mr. Festus Mbisiogu, expressed satisfaction at the meeting, saying that the Benue state governor-elect’s visit to China is encouraging.
He told Vanguard Consular Advisory that Mr. Ortom’s visit has lifted the spirit of a good number of Nigerian investors in China who are eager to also establish industries in Nigeria, as well as Chinese businessmen who are interested in investing in Nigeria.
According to Festus who is a strong advocate for steady power supply in Nigeria, in addition to consistent power supply, which is still viewed as a key problem in Nigeria, there is urgent need for Nigeria to diversify their economy and engage deeper into agriculture.
Stating that over 70 per cent of the country’s problem is lack of energy power, which if not tackled is capable of crippling the intended mechanized agriculture, the Blue-Diamond boss, urges the in-coming government to be more proactive in matters that will enable progression in the country, otherwise the bid to bring in more investors from other countries across the globe may be bleak.
“It is important for us as a nation to optimally utilise our abilities to sustaining our democracy and ensure that Nigeria is not constrained.” Mbisiogu added.