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Nigerian Minister Says “South Africa is Nigeria’s Big Brother”

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Minister of state for Trade and Investment, Samuel Ortom, has described South Africa as Nigeria’s big brother even as he praised South African businessmen for investing in Nigeria.

A statement, signed by the Press Secretary to the minister, Mathew Haruna, said the minister made the remark while receiving South African business delegation led by the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria His Excellency kingsley Mamabolo in his office.

The Minister who referred to South Africa as Nigeria’s big brother lauded the South African Business Community for adopting the Local content principle of investment in their approach to investment in Nigerian,’ the release read in part.

The release quoted the minister as saying: “Life is complementary and God in his wisdom choose to endow individuals, companies and nations differently, in certain aspects of life so that we will continue to need one another.”

The minster called on the South African business men to participate in the Nigeria oil and Gas Forum between the 20th and 21st of September 2012.

‘Earlier, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency Kingsley Mamabolo who led the delegation to the Ministry had said that the Business Delegation was in Nigeria to look at the possibility of working out a relationship that will lead to more improved economic climate between the two countries. He expressed his believe that progressive relationship will be of great benefit to the people of both countries and that such relationship will ultimately lead to the progress of the African continent,’ the release added.

‘Mr. Mamabolo was accompanied on the visit by the Chairman and Chief Executive of Ohambo ltd, a renown business catalyst in South Africa, Mr. Zweli Nkosi. Mr. Nkosi is also accountable for the hugh success of Royal Bafuken Holdings (RBH), company reputed for the second largest Platinum mines in the world. The Businessman assured that the South African approach to business investment in Nigeria will continue to be in line with the principle of non negotiable local content. He also observed the need for the South African Business Community to be adequately guided by the Ministry on their operations in Nigeria.’

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  1. Wazobia

    August 31, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Lets just hope its not another politics calling them big brother is nothing. The fact is that we need investors.

  2. Ken Chukwuma

    August 31, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Dear Minister,
    This remark is unfortunate. South Africa knows and loves nobody but self. Pls when there is nothing to say silence remains golden. Who in Africa has South Africa helped? What conutries of Africa or East Africa has South Africaassisted in Internal conflict, Refugee crises etc. Nigeria supports the Ecconomy of South Africa Period. MTN makes more than N2.0B daily from Nigeria, DSTV same. First day Sales of Shop Rite at Abuja was N55.Million who is fooling who? Nigeria spent over 5.Billion Dollars in Liberia, Sierra Lone and other peace missions. Nigeria runs the Economy of the West African Region So how is South Africa our Big Brother who liberated South Africa? Does water run up the hill. God help us with our leaders..

  3. Balogun seyi

    September 1, 2012 at 11:18 am

    The minister is Ignorant

  4. flights news

    September 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    we need investors.

  5. me

    September 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Why did he (minister) say that?……. Ok!! we need investors! But they already( S.A) have some money pinching investments ! ie , dem MTN and DSTV….. Which are over charged for innocent Nigerians!!….Or did he say it becos dey host the ‘BIG BROTHER AFRICA SHOW’ Pls can we watch our words…What is so big Brother about Over charging and exploitation!!!!!

  6. Bob

    September 3, 2012 at 8:18 am

    @KEN CHUKWUMA, you are so on point!!

  7. adeyemi

    September 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    what sort of word is this. what is south africa to 150 ml people. why are u still campaigning for un security council then.foolish man

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