President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday congratulated founder and Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, on his appointment by French President, Emmanuel Macron, as President of the France-Nigeria Business Council.
The Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina in a statement stated that the president believed the appointment of the BUA Chairman, after inauguration of the France-Nigeria Business Council, further highlights the warm and growing relations between both countries, typified by strong partnership at different levels, which include security, education and health.
The statement reads: “The President notes the worthy achievements of the businessman and philanthropist, who has consistently contributed to development of the country through social and infrastructural interventions and, most recently, playing a frontline role in the health sector, particularly in the fight against global pandemic, COVID-19.
“Buhari appreciates the goodwill and liberality of the French Government in improving relations with Nigeria, with focus on strengthening trade and business ties, while congratulating the business community for a successful outing at the Choose France Summit held at Chateau de Versailles, outside of Paris.”
The President saluted members of the business council from Nigeria, which include Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Gilbert Chagoury, Tony Elumelu and Herbert Wigwe.
French President inaugurated the France-Nigeria Business Council, a private sector initiative to enhance business relations between the two countries with the Founder/Chairman of BUA Group as the inaugural president of the council.
Speaking at the inauguration, Macron, praised the BUA Chairman and newly appointed president of the council for having confidence in French businesses which led to a partnership for BUA’s new 200,000 barrels per day refinery. He also pledged his government’s support to facilitate better dialogue amongst the Nigerian businesses present and their French counterparts.
Rabiu in a statement expressed gratitude to the French President for his vision in creating the French Nigeria Business Council which he said had led to a reset in the business relationship between Nigeria and France and has created a viable platform for businesses from both countries to partner and improve ties.
He said: “Nigeria is blessed with numerous potentials for French companies to do business across different areas, notably solid minerals, mining, manufacturing, agriculture, associated equipment, power, food processing, and even in the business of associated equipment or infrastructure for the value chains of these sectors.
Where French businesses have formerly been risk-averse or outrightly unable to do business with Africa’s largest economy, they can now be assured of a platform through which they can penetrate and mutually grow the market. Where Nigerian companies had not seen French companies or the French market as a viable destination due to a lack of information, they can now be sure of a platform to facilitate this. This is all thanks to President Macron’s foresight and vision.”
The BUA Chairman also thanked President Macron for appointing him to be the first President of the France-Nigeria Business Council and pledged to use the platform to create better opportunities for businesses on both sides.