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Friday, 08 December 2023 05:40

P&G Exit: Our Business Environment Is Deteriorating Continually – Peter Obi Laments

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general election, Peter Obi has reacted to the recent decision of multinational giant, Procter & Gamble to divest from Nigeria.

 

Reacting to the report, the former Anambra governor lamented that the continued exit of multinational companies from Nigeria was an indication that the country’s business environment was deteriorating continually.

Obi said that “A few months ago, I lamented the exit of one of the top global Pharmaceutical giants, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) from Nigeria. GSK remains a top global pharmaceutical manufacturer and has had 51 years of operations in Nigeria. The reason for their exit was that there was no longer a perceived growth in Nigeria anchored on productivity. Today, Procter & Gamble (P&G), the world’s largest personnel care and household products company, makers of iconic brands like Pampers, Gillette, etc, is again leaving Nigeria, for the same reason GSK left.

“Following this also are French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis, and top Energy firm, Norwegian behemoth Equinor which has sold off its Nigerian business development associates Fifteen years ago, P&G, as they are commonly called, viewed Nigeria as a strategic country of importance and invested millions of dollars in an ultra-modern chain supply structure in Agbara which, sadly, is now up for sale. The presence of these iconic companies in any economy is not only that they signify trust and confidence, as well as belief in the medium to long-term socio-economic prospects of such countries, but they massively create jobs, invest in Research and Development, as well as pieces of training which smaller players in the industry learn from and adapt. They help, to a great extent to develop local talents for both local and global jobs.

 

“The exit of these top global companies shows that our medium to long-term prospects strategy is in the negative. Our investment profile is not attractive and our business environment is deteriorating continually. The purchasing power of most Nigerians is nose-diving every day. In the face of the absence of the rule of law, and a conducive business environment, it will be difficult to retain such iconic companies and talk more about attracting new ones. Governments at all levels in Nigeria must therefore take immediate steps to ensure that institutions of governance are put in place and actively engaging to show that the situation is reversed. National greatness and development cannot be pursued in an atmosphere that is scaring away strategic international investors.”

Naija News had earlier reported that Atedo Peterside suggested that the investors who are leaving Nigeria are those who cherish the rule of law, policy consistency, macroeconomic stability and a level playing field.

 

Peterside, in a post via his official X handle, lamented that good investors were being replaced only partially by investors who know how to partner with politicians or game the system through waivers and exemptions.

[NaijaNews]

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