The Nigeria China Business Council (NCBC) has written the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Alkali Baba expressing support for the Nigeria Police.
The body at the same time voiced their concerns over the safety of Nigerians and foreign businesspeople in Nigeria.
In a letter from the group signed by the National Coordinator and CEO of the NCBC, Chief Matthew Uwaekwe, it sympathized with the Nigeria Police for the loss of officers to the spate of insecurity ravaging the country.
NCBC praised the police for the efforts and risks to the lives of its workforce and the dangerous exposures they face in the course of their duty.
Uwaekwe, also tasked the Nigerian government, individuals and corporate organisations to do more to better equip the police for a higher task facing more daring operators in crime who today equip themselves with sophisticated weapons and more daring than ever.
He said NCBC seeks the attention of the Acting IGP on courtesy visit because of its belief that the Nigerian security situation has what it takes to bring this challenge to an end.
“We have always worked with the Nigerian security system in the past and would want to meet the new IGP to send our support to him and encourage him to do more for the good of the economy of the country by ensuring more safety for all people residing in Nigeria together with their investments.
We are sure the top police officer knows that there is no good economy or progressive country without adequate safety and that is why every country has the police because of their importance in safeguarding the society. So we need more of their good and commendable works to be safer and contribute more for the good of the economy.
“Right now, the NCBC has business plans in the works and almost concluded with foreign investors warming up to come to Nigeria like we had done in the past, and we would not want these chances jeopradised by insecurity, and believe the IGP and his team are equal to the task. That is why we solicit support for them.”
He reminded that if the insecurity is not brought under control, Nigeria will lose both lives and livelihood at a time the country is battling with economic hardship that would only be handled and resolved if we have the right environment that is peaceful for businesses to thrive.
NCBC recently partnered the Gregory University Uturu (GUU) in MoU that defined diverse economic integration that would benefit the economy of the nation. But it fears that with the escalating insecurity, while Nigerians fear for their lives, Chinese investors who have substantial stake in the country’s economy today are also apprehensive about their safety and the safety of the investments they have spent so much on.
Uwaekwe particularly challenged the Nigerian government to create better business environment that would help attract foreigners to do business in the country.
“Any day the Nigerian business climate improves and creates jobs for the youths, insecurity will come to an end. Our economy will do better because people can afford livelihood. The young population will be busy at work and won’t have the time to commit crimes.
“And we can’t get to such level until we make our country safe for investment by foreigners and Nigerians, and since China is the most willing and bouyant of all economies of the world to invest in our world, we should not miss the opportunity of creating a conducive place for them and ourselves to operate businesses here in Nigeria. We believe the IGP will listen to us and rise to the occasion with the support of all Nigerians.”