By Chris Suleiman, Abuja
An Ondo State governorship aspirant, Mr Bukola Adetula, on Tuesday said that Nigeria is still a hotbed for foreign investors despite the country’s seemingly bad image abroad even as he said business and not politics would lure investors to Ondo State.
Adetula said this to newsmen after picking his expression of interest and nomination forms at the All Progressives Congress (APC) national secretariat in Abuja.
According to him, to lure the investors into Ondo for desired development, the state will have to look away from politics to business.
He said his years abroad as a political scientist and as a criminal lawyer, defending quite a number of Nigerians involved in criminal cases, had opened him up to a lot of people.
”Enough of running Ondo as a political entity but now as a business entity.
”We have to look for alternative ways to generate income within our people and that is why those connections, contacts garnered over the years from all over the World, will now have to come to play.
”Despite the image Nigeria has abroad, a ton of companies are willing to come into Nigeria, are willing to come to Ondo.
”They are now beginning to talk to us, willing to come in and invest, bring in industries. We’ll put in place a solid developmental plan that after four years another government can build upon.”
He said he brought ceramic, glass, fertilizer and cement companies into the state and it was painful to see investors walk away from the state.
Adetula commended President Muhammadu Buhari for courageously prosecuting corruption and saying that he will not stand for it.
On the issue of tedious and prolonged court cases, he said ”I can relate but I tell you that soon it will be quicker and faster and convictions will begin to come.
”It will take a number of years to restore sanity in the system but the president must be commended.”