Emir Of Kano Unhappy Over Osinbajo, Ministers Absence At Washington Investment Meeting
The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, is unhappy over the absence of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and other Ministers at Washington Investment Meeting.
He said this on Saturday during a briefing with journalists in Washington, the United States’ capital, in an event organised by the Nigerian embassy in Washington DC.
“We had a meeting today with investors. We came in, then they trooped into the Ambassador’s office to sit down, while investors were waiting,” he said. “We had a list of people who were in town. The Vice President, some ministers, were in town, they haven’t come up.”
According to the Emir, government officials who ought to have graced the event were conspicuously absent, raising worries that Nigeria might lose investment opportunities by their absence.
Sanusi believes that if the same investment summit were to have hosted by the Rwandan Embassy, the country’s President, Mr Paul Kagame would have availed the opportunity to be present.
He added, “You invite top investors, your ministers are in Washington and they do not come to talk to the investors about Nigeria.
“That is not how to treat investors. If you have this forum in the Rwandan Embassy, I assure you that President Kagame himself would be there.”
Reports have it that ministers that ought to have been in attendance include: Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu; Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh; Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu.
Others are: Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi; and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.
Mr Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, feels that the ministers’ absence could jeopardise Nigeria’s efforts to attract investment opportunities into the country.
The event had in attendance United State Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross; IFC Regional Vice President (Middle East and Africa), Sergio Pimenta; President and CEO, U.S African Development Foundation ((USADF), C.D Glin; among others.