The Centre for International Migration which is foundered by German International Cooperation (GIZ) is interested in human Capital Development of young entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
Dr. Ignatius Adeh, (a diaspora expert with years of experience engaged by CIM for knowledge exchange) gives an insight on how it will benefit Nigerians.
The organization goes about their mandate by partnering with organizations like NEF Nigeria Entrepreneur Forum). Any organization that is in need of resource person (expert) it could be white skin, black or diaspora expert, all the organization needs to do is reach out to NEF, CIM (Centre for International Migration).
When such request gets to NEF in Germany, it will send such required resource person to Nigeria.
He says the problem with doing business by Nigerian business people is skill acquisition. The Germans, according to him believe that the skills of Nigerians are so low and they now send resource persons to Nigeria to train them in relevant discipline so that they can have the required skill to be employable here in Nigeria or abroad.
He posits that for one to succeed in business he needs patience, hard work and persistence. Investors are leaving Nigeria for various reasons, insecurity, and corruption. “Corruption is everywhere; we should be able to manage it. But in Nigeria, we don’t seem to be managing corruption, it has become an embodiment. If business owners see that you are combating corruption, it will encourage investors. Putting right policies in place will encourage investors” he noted.
When companies are leaving a country they are taking their resource away and there will be unemployment everywhere. And unemployment contributes to crime.
When investors are leaving a country, it is a sign of failed economy, failed system.
In situations like this, there will be the need to check policies. We need to have NGOs that can be a force in the realm. NGOs abroad are highly recognized in Germany and when they take a stand, the government recognizes it. In Nigeria, NGOs take a stand today and the next day, they are dancing another tone. “NGOs in Nigeria are politicized”, he added.
A stakeholder, George Onuoha who has traveled to over 15countries says doing business in Nigeria is very good but that government policies are not directed at smaller businesses. He believes government policies are only looking at big businesses to give waivers.
He argues that some support level should be extended to small business by government. He is of the opinion that government should liberalize power generation and not the present situation whereby if you generate over 20 megawatts, you must send it to the national grid. And if ones business needs 30 megawatts, and the person is able to generate same, he has to send it to national grid as the law specifies. He explains that the cost of transporting power is high.
“Abroad sending power to the national grid is not important, what is important is making power accessible to the end user”, he reveals.
He says that presence of investors in Nigeria will bring a lot of benefits to the country. One of the things that discourage investors he noted is inability to assess Nigeria Visa. Nigeria visa is one of the hardest to assess in the world.
Another problem according to him is standardization. He says Nigeria- crops, cassava, yam are being rejected abroad because of poor standard. “Standard organization should go to zones and educate farmers on international standards for their crops”, he suggests.