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Asset safety assured–Tinubu to investors

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By Abraham Adekunle

Tinubu has been on a strategic move to bring FDI to the country.

President Bola Tinubu recently met with a delegation of Chinese Investors, led by Mr. Dai Hegen, Chairman of China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), to discuss Investment opportunities in Nigeria. Tinubu assured the delegation that Nigeria is a secure destination for investments, promising that his government will provide necessary support for business success. However, the question remains: how safe are assets in Nigeria compared to other African countries? Nigeria faces significant challenges in terms of Infrastructure and vandalism.

In 2021, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) reported that 350 Pipeline points were vandalized. This resulted in losses of ₦556 billion. This lack of Security and maintenance Culture poses a significant risk to investments in Nigeria. The country’s infrastructure is in dire need of an upgrade and protection, and the government must prioritize this to create a conducive environment for investments. In comparison, other African countries have made significant strides in improving asset security.

Comparing asset safety across African countries.

For instance, Ghana has implemented a digital addressing system, making it easier to identify and protect assets. This innovative approach has streamlined the process of locating and securing properties, reducing the risk of Fraud and mismanagement. South Africa has a well-established and robust legal framework, providing strong protection for investments. Morocco has invested heavily in infrastructure development, creating a more attractive environment for investors. Egypt has also taken steps to improve asset security, with a focus on digitalization and modernization of its infrastructure. The government has launched initiatives to enhance the country’s Digital Infrastructure, including the development of smart cities and the implementation of e-government services, making it easier for investors to operate and thrive in the country.

The Nigerian government has taken steps to address these challenges. The new resolution on beneficial ownership transparency, adopted at the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), aims to combat corruption and facilitate the recovery and return of assets. Additionally, the government has established the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) to promote and facilitate investments in the country. The NIPC has also launched initiatives such as the “Nigeria Investment Guide” and the “Investors’ Forum” to provide a platform for investors to engage with the government and other stakeholders.

Challenges and opportunities in addressing infrastructural needs.

Despite these efforts, Nigeria still faces significant challenges in terms of asset security. The country’s infrastructure is in dire need of an upgrade and protection, and the government must prioritize this to create a conducive environment for investments. Additionally, the country’s legal framework must be strengthened to provide better protection for investments. However, with the government’s efforts to address these challenges, there is hope for improvement. Investors should approach Nigeria with caution, but also be aware of the potential for growth and development in the country.

Nigeria’s infrastructure is in dire need of an upgrade and protection. The country’s roads, railways, and ports are in a state of disrepair, and the government must prioritize their maintenance and upgrade. This will not only improve asset security but also facilitate the movement of goods and people, creating a more attractive environment for investors. The country’s legal framework must also be strengthened to provide better protection for investments. The country’s laws and regulations must be clear and concise, and the Judiciary must be independent and impartial. This will provide investors with the confidence they need to invest in the country, knowing that their assets are protected.

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Over all, while President Tinubu’s assurances are welcome, the reality on the ground is that asset security in Nigeria remains a significant concern. Compared to other African countries, Nigeria lags behind in terms of infrastructure development and vandalism. However, with the government’s efforts to address these challenges, there is hope for improvement. The government must continue to prioritize asset security and infrastructure development to create a conducive environment for investments and Economic Growth. Investors should approach Nigeria with caution, but also be aware of the potential for growth and development in the country.


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