This means that if the investors are satisfied with the presentation of the delegations and decided to come and invest, each of the fourteen states will have an investment of $1.07 bn, or however they would want it.
Let’s say they will invest $1.07bn per state, When multiplied by N500, it’s over N500bn. Is five hundred billion a small investment?
All developed countries of the world thrive by virtue of the private sector investments in their countries. Lagos State is reaping heavy and solid internally generated revenue because of the huge investments in the state.
Nasarawa State, which was excised from Plateau State, is doing much better in terms of revenue generation because of the numerous investments in the state.
The greatest business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has his investments there, and so many others. The state is producing local polished rice by different investors and exporting them to the thirty-six states of the federation. One of them is called Mama’s Choice.
Here on the Plateau aside NASCO, Grand Cereals, and Coca-Cola, there are no major investments.
Where there are many investors and investments running into billions and trillions of naira, that state will have huge revenue to develop itself. The citizens will have so many employment opportunities directly from the investments, and also indirectly and by the multiplier in multifaceted extensions of the investments too.
Plateau State is in dire need of huge investments to heavily boost its internally generated revenue and to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths whom many of them have resorted to so many and different crimes to survive.
The governor’s trip and attending the investment expo will help to expose our great potential in agriculture, natural resources, and tourism. We have the finest in and tantalite in the country, and our agricultural produce are the finest too.
Our tourism if boosted can attract tourists all over the world. Our numerous rocks can attract rock cutters who would fashion them in various sizes and shapes for exportation, and our soil is accommodative to all kinds of crops that can attract investors in agriculture, which can also attract processing and manufacturing companies based on the huge raw materials.
Someone might say, since the governor came on board he has often traveled overseas seeking investors, but with few results and huge promises from some European countries such as Denmark and France; yes, it’s better to try than sit idly waiting for manna to come from heaven.
Shoprite has promised to invest, and Dominos an international business investment on stomach nourishment has already started. We are getting results.
One thing we should have at the back of our mind is, the hospitality and peace of a state attract investors. We are in a global age, and every information is at the fingertips of all nations by virtue of the high technology on information.
Thus; everything about Plateau is known, and it has been in the news since 2008 to 2015, as a highly unsecured state. And nobody would like to invest in such a state, that was why Mira Mehta, the proprietor of Tomato Jos, who came to Nigeria in 2014, could not start the company of tomato paste in Plateau, but went to Kaduna and started it despite getting the tomatoes from Jos.
Governor Simon Lalong administration is working hard to restore total peace to build up confidence in foreign investors to come in and invest.
If we are not getting investors as we should despite our rich natural endowments, human resources and fine weather, we should blame ourselves for the prolong skirmishes. Every part of the world has its own uprisings but they don’t linger like ours.
Now back to the Dubai trip, is it not worth trying to attract a potential N500bn investment? Why do so many Plateau citizens play Bet Naija? Is it not for a peradventure victory?
If you play Bet Naija, you anticipate victory or loss?
We play the African Cup of Nations and the Football World Cup. Millions are spent on them, should we decline featuring in the tournaments because of the spending on the pedestal of fear of a probable defeat?
Risk-taking is inevitable in success odyssey in life by individuals, groups, communities, states, and the nation. Now, is the Dubai trip not worth trying?
The N73m viewed as being outrageous, what is N73m to N500bn investment? Is it commensurate? Who will not spend it to get N500bn? You spend money to get money.
Again, Naira is not used for foreign trips. It is the dollar that is used for international trips and transactions. Convert the N73m to $. It will be $14, 000 for the Governor and his entourage? If ten of them are going, each of them will get $1,400.
To get clarity of the spending ask those that go to Jerusalem or Mecca on pilgrimage whether they like buying things in dollars or coming to Nigeria to buy them in naira.
This $1, 400 in Dubai, is not much as all your spending will be dollars, food, drinks, hotel bills and so on. The truth is, we need investors in Plateau State, and we have started getting them on small scale and medium statuses, we should pursue mega investments.
If the trip is not worth it, thirteen states aside from Plateau, wouldn’t have indicated interest to attend. And instead of being pessimistic, finding faults and absurd attacks and casting aspersions, let’s pray for the success of the trip to have two or more or even all the potential investors coming to invest in Plateau.
Who knows whether that could be the period of changing the fortune of thousands in the state. Blessings don’t come by observation, but through hard work, commitment and risk-taking.
A Peek At The Proposed Dubai Trip And N73 Million Expenditure of Gov Lalong
The dark clouds of aspersion rain has covered a cross-section of Plateau State and have started a heavy downpour of criticisms over the purported trip of Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong and his entourage to the United Arab Emirates for an investment expo and wooing of investors into the state, on March 27 - 30, 2023.