Attract more FDI to Nigeria, Yakubu charges Ambassadors-Designate
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Engr. Andrew Yakubu has called on Nigeria’s new Ambassadors-designate to work hard towards attracting more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country, especially in the nation’s oil and gas sector.
Engr Yakubu made this call while hosting nine new Ambassadors-Designate who were on a familiarization tour to the NNPC Headquarters in Abuja.
“As the nation’s number one representatives abroad, you deserve to know the activities of the NNPC so as to disseminate the right information at your various missions especially in the area of attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI),” the GMD said.
He added that the doors of the NNPC would always be opened so to enable the Corporation share valuable information that will boost the nation’s revenue in the entire hydrocarbon value-chain of the country.
The GMD also commended President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for appointing the prospective Ambassadors, stressing that their appointment was a pointer to the huge confidence reposed in them by the President.
“I will like to congratulate you on your respective appointments as Ambassadors-Designate. I am happy that most of you are people who have risen through the ranks in your distinguished chosen career,” Engr. Yakubu noted.
Responding, the leader of the delegation, Ambassador Babatunde Paul Fadumiyo told the NNPC GMD that the visit was part of the Ambassadors-Designate induction course to key government agencies before their posting to various countries across the world.
Ambassador Fadumiyo, who congratulated the GMD over his appointment, said of the nine Ambassadors-Designate he led to the NNPC Towers, eight of them are career diplomats while only one is a non-career diplomat.
The Ambassdors-Designate were later taken through a presentation on “Nigerian Petroluem Industry: The journey so far.” They also pledged that their respective missions will serve as dependable resource centres that will always champion the interest of all Nigerians.
The nine Ambassadors-Designate are: Adamu E. Emozozo (Brazil), Hakeem Olawale Sulaiman (France), Ifeoma Akabogu-Chinwuba (Ivory Coast), Mohammed Dauda (Tchad) and Bolere Elizabeth Ketebu (Ireland).
Others are: Salihu Umaru Ahmed (Sri Lanka), Okechukwu F. Muoh (Romania), Adadu Echi (Equatorial Guinea) and Gladys Modupeola Quist-Adebiyi (Sierra Leone).