Amidst a resounding call to reshape perceptions about investment in Nigeria by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR and his proactive policies aimed at inviting more foreign direct investments (FDI) for Nigeria, The Coordinator of the Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone and Chairman, ZGM Investment Group, Dr. Abbey Onas, passionately urged European foreign investors to seize the burgeoning opportunities within the Ogun Guangdong free trade zone and Nigeria as a whole. Speaking at the 32nd Economic Forum in Karpacz, Southwestern Poland, Dr. Onas asserted that Africa should not be depicted as a challenging investment terrain, emphasizing the presence of highly educated Nigerians and Africans eager to collaborate with global partners in achieving great feats.
In a compelling address to a global audience at the 32nd Economic Forum, Dr. Abbey Onas, stirred enthusiasm among several reputable and highly successful Polish and European investors present at the summit by inviting them to explore the immense prospects and opportunities within Nigeria, using Ogun Guangdong free trade zone as the best entry into a very profitable partnership. Dr. Onas mentioned the relentless efforts of the President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR in his bid to fostering an atmosphere conducive to business growth in the country.
At the heart of Dr. Onas’ message was a call to change the narrative surrounding investing in Nigeria and Africa. With unwavering conviction, he therefore urged the media to desist from portraying Nigeria as a challenging and tumultuous place for business and emphasized that the country is home to a multitude of highly skilled business people, qualified personnel legitimately eager to engage in mutually beneficial business partnerships with investors.
Addressing concerns about Nigeria’s business environment, the Coordinator of OGFTZ acknowledged that while some investors might be tempted to wait for some years before investing out of fear or doubt, the pace with which the present administration is working on securing foreign interests might mean they will miss out on the available opportunities in a few years time and urged that the perfect time to invest in Nigeria is NOW. He briefly cited President Tinubu’s remarkable track record of the economic transformation of Lagos State as evidence of speed of Nigeria’s potential for economic growth and stability.
In a bid to attract more foreign investment, Dr. Onas appealed to the European Union (EU) to take proactive measures in sanitizing, enlightening, and supporting prospective investors eyeing opportunities in Nigeria. His plea underlined the need for collaborative efforts to reshape Africa’s investment landscape and promote sustainable economic growth.
Dr. Onas also expressed his gratitude to the Polish ambassador to Nigeria for her recognition of the vast opportunities presented by Nigeria’s free trade zone. He recounted a recent meeting with the ambassador in Warsaw, where they discussed the potential for fruitful collaboration between Poland and Nigeria in the realm of trade and investment. “Yesterday, I was privileged to meet the Polish ambassador to Nigeria at a forum in Warsaw. She has been doing a lot because she has seen the potentials in Nigeria’s free trade zone,” he stated.
As the world grapples with economic uncertainties, Dr. Abbey Onas’ impassioned call for European foreign investors to consider Nigeria’s Ogun Guangdong free trade zone serves as a powerful reminder of the untapped potential in Africa’s rapidly evolving economic landscape. His message resonates as a clarion call for global collaboration and transformation, dispelling misconceptions and fostering a brighter future for international investment in Nigeria.