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The True Investors Know the Land – By Fortune God’sSon Alfred

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The True Investors Know the Land – By Fortune God’sSon Alfred

 

No Bayelsan in or out of government loves Bayelsa more than the other. The social problems we face are shared. So let’s work together to solve them without thinking anyone is out there to demarket the state when they speak up against the crystal clear ills that even the blinds could see in the State. Being in government does not make anyone a patriot the same way being outside it does not make any a rebel trying to hurt the state. We must not confuse our allegiance to a Government or Governments with Patriotism or lack of it.

 

 

I recently had a talk with someone who once tried to convince some Canadians at an Investment Summit to invest in a particular State in Nigeria and was shocked to his core when the Canadians not only told him point blank that his State is no go area for Smart money but went further to educate him further on the Security challenges of his state as well as other obstacles to investments in his State. According to this Acquaintance of mine, since that day he gave up hope trying to convince anybody about his state. This is because the Embassies of all the Countries where the serious major Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) come from already have large dossiers on all the States in Nigeria and advice their Nationals about them accordingly.

So rather than waste scarce resources in elusive Investors wooing Overseas trips, we should invest such and every other resources into making our system better and become attractive in its own right without the fuss and hype that has brought us nothing.

One sure way to start this is to rid our state of Cultists and other forms of criminals ranging from kidnappers, Sea pirates and their collaborators including Communities, Politicians and Security Agents like the Mobile Policeman selling Dope to Cultists at Akenfa. This will take sincere concerted effort and not cosmetic window dressing.

The sad irony about window dressing is that the amount of time, energy and material resources invested in that fruitless exercise in futility could very well be invested into actually cleaning the Window; i.e getting real impactful work done.

It’s against the backdrop of all of the above that I want to now address a conversation I read in SAYELBA.

I just read a response to Tari Joshua from Daniel Alabrah, the Special Adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, accusing the former of being unpatriotic and deliberately demarketing the State by describing it as an Hub for Cultism.

What Mr Alabrah may not know or know but ignored is that Tari Joshua’s clarion call for action to all Bayelsans address Cultism and criminality more seriously (no matter how strongly worded) is not the reason why there is no single non-oil based Foreign Investment in Bayelsa more than 21 years after its creation despite many wasteful foreign trips by successive governments, Two Investment Summits by the Restoration Government and many much publicized Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the government and so called Foreign Investors covering various sectors of the Bayelsan economy. Whose demarketing of the State was responsible for that?

The truth of the matter is that Capital is like a Beautiful woman with many illustrious suitors. She will only settle for the ones that she believes serve her interest. If you have the enabling environment that investors believe would help them maximize profit, they don’t need your wooing and certainly won’t pay attention to demarketers. They will come set up shop in the state on their own.

So rather than blame Tari, I implore Mr Alabrah to advise his government to intensify effort at tackling criminality as they seem to have started doing now. Criminality in all its forms and youth induced instability like the disruption of business activities of youths with entitlement mentality without any government intervention are the major discouragement for investments in the State not Tari’s statement. I personally know that many Expatriates don’t visit Bayelsa anymore for their biometric data capturing, as was the practice before some youths for whatever reason brought down NCDMB fence. So they are like “if the Board cannot promote itself, how can it protect them?” While all these happened a representative of a State government that is concerned about marketing would have been on ground to tackle the situation. So let’s stop acting like people who don’t know where the rain started beating us.

No Bayelsan in or out of government loves Bayelsa more than the other. The social problems we face are shared. So let’s work together to solve them without thinking anyone is out there to demarket the state when they speak up against the crystal clear ills that even the blinds could see in the State. Being in government does not make anyone a patriot the same way being outside it does not make any a rebel trying to hurt the state. We must not confuse our allegiance to a Government or Governments with Patriotism or lack of it.

Finally, let us always have at the back of our minds that the true Investors(I ain’t talking about scam artists and Briefcase bearing Opportunists who exploit our state in the name of being investors or helping us win investors) already know all that they need to know about us to make their Final Investment Decision. So nothing we say today in the bid to advocate for a better security infrastructure in the State could affect that.

 

Fortune God’sSon Alfred, Arguably Bayelsa’s Best Social Media Expert writes from Nembe.

The opinions expressed in this piece are the Author’s and do not reflect the views and Editorial Policy of Sayelba Times



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