President of Globe Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Nwabueze Buchi George has said that only when there is a set ‘Nigerian Dream’ can Nigeria truly be the giant of Africa.
Hon. Buchi George who spoke on the occasion of the 60thIndependence Anniversary of Nigeria, said the nation has every bone ofgreatness in it, but bad policies and poor implementation has seen Nigeria lagwhere it is supposed to lead.
He said that quoting Nigeria’s abundant mineral resourceshas already been overstated and what is most important is what the country canachieve with these things.
“Nigeria is a great nation; you can imagine being taggeda giant of Africa the way we are today and what will happen when things becomethe way they are meant to be. We can be one of the giants of the world becauseour global records in investments, human capital development and manpower hasnot been matched by any other nation”
“Nigeria is one Africa nation with very successfulindividuals around the world and that simply means that with a goodenvironment, Nigerians can do great things. This means that one thing we shouldbe aiming at in a Nigerian dream that will create this enabling environmentthat will encourage our people to thrive”
Hon. Nwabueze Buchi George said that the ‘Nigerian Dream’should be aimed at building a nation where politicians will no longer campaignwith roads and electricity. A nation where neglect of rule of law,ethnicity and religious intolerance will be a thing of the past.
“If we set that standard, what it means is that ourleaders irrespective of their political backgrounds will chase this dream ofgreatness on our behalf. As a trade and investment expert, I’ve come to seethat with a little scale up on the usual interstate conventional trade inNigeria, things will change, but there are issues holding us back”
“Only the liberals can experience liberation and if wekeep harping on ethnicism, religion and unhealthy politics, Nigeria will remainwhere it is”, he said.
Through the Globe Chamber of Commerce and Industry, theUnited Nations Ambassador has put up both local and international trade andinvestment fora, one of the ways he believes his quota is being contributed.
“Nigeria will be great when we all understand thateveryone will not be a Dangote or the president. When we understand theimportance of the drivers, roadside mechanics, traders, newspaper vendors andeveryone working hard to survive genuinely, we’ll be on that path”
“So far, we have done a lot in the past, but because ofthe new normal, we are shifting focus to 2021 with some great programs thatwill give both Nigeria and the entire Africa a good face in world trade andinvestment circle”
He listed Australia Africa Economic Forum; Japan Africa Economic Forum; Africa Economic and Investment Forum, Berlin Germany; Czech Africa Economic and Investment Forum and Asia Africa Economic Forum, as some of the events in line to ease the recovery process of Nigeria and Africa from the covid-19 pandemic.