‘Nigeria is Still an Investment Destination’ – THISDAY Newspapers

Nume Ekeghe
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Sigma Pensions, Mr. Dave Uduanu and other cooperate executives and experts have alluded that despite macroeconomic indicators, Nigeria remains a viable investment haven.
This was the shared view as professionals converged to discuss, “Preserving Value in Turbulent Times,” at Sigma Pensions business roundtable in Lagos.
Panelist at the roundtable were; the Chief Marketing Officer Ikeja Electric, Mr. Ugo Obi-Chukwu, Co-Founder and Managing Director, CardinalStone Capital Advisers, Mr. Femi Ogunjimi, Vice President Sahel Group, Ms. Tosin Ojo, Principal at Actis, Ms.Folaseto Akin-Olugbade and the Director Real Estate, Actis, Ms. Funke Okubadejo.  
Speaking on the investment climate in Nigeria, Uduanu said: “Nigeria could be at an inflection point and for us to come out stronger we have to believe in markets, especially with unifying exchange rates.”  
He stated that there are huge potentials yet untapped in organising the informal sectors, technology as well using funding assets. 
He added: “ In terms of investments, there is a renewed focus on every alternative, whether it is real estate, or private equity. But I would like to highlight is on asset financing. Today, everybody, every school, every hospital, owns their real estate. You don’t need to own your real estate especially as the PFAs have a lot of liquidity and this liquidity can be used to finance assets.”
On his part, Ogunjimi said: “I think Nigeria is definitely investable. I have a bit of a contrarian view when it comes to investments. And I think is really usually institutions of turmoil that you create generational wealth because if you have a perfect environment, it’s hard to get any kind of investment when all the problems have been solved.  So the question is, how do you look at the problems we have as opportunities? I do agree that those problems create a lot of challenges, especially for us as institutional investors but for people as individual investors, I think there are a lot of opportunities.”
He added:  “What we see is that it’s still going to be a good market and there are several reasons why. Number one is the number of start-ups that are coming up, still continues to increase. There are so many more people now that are willing to write $20,000 checks $50,000 checks on their $100,000 checks.” 
Also, Akin-Olugbade on investing in Nigeria noted that investments should be targeted towards investing in companies and products that are solutions to problems in Nigeria. 
She said; “Nigeria is totally investable; I think fundamentally investors should invest in businesses that are addressing the basic necessities of life.”
Okubadejo harped on Careful investments and urged participants to hold value in real estate and seek for investments that offer inflation protection. 
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