Sahara Group, an African energy conglomerate, has partnered with Financial Times, world’s leading business publication, for the maiden edition of the FT Nigeria Summit taking place on May 31, 2018 in Lagos. The summit with the theme, “Dispelling uncertainty and building resilience,” is aimed at “exploring Nigeria’s huge investment potential” which is especially challenging as the country is said to have a “recovering but vulnerable economy”. In a statement released on Sunday, May 27, 2018 by Bethel Obioma, head, corporate communications, Sahara Group, she said that the partnership with Financial Times is timely as it will open up discussions on key investment opportunities in the country.
“It is great to be working with a venerable media institution like the Financial Times on this summit, especially at a time when Nigeria needs to reexamine and repurpose our complex investment climate for the next critical economic growth and recovery plan”. Speaking on the summit, Tonye Cole, executive director and cofounder Sahara Group, said the importance of leadership and entrepreneurship to future economic and socio-developmental growth in Nigeria could not be “overstressed”. “Leadership and enterprise are the bedrock of nation building. This is a singular opportunity to generate ideas on two such critical subjects and to directly address the next generation as to why and how they would be intrinsic to fulfilling Nigeria’s socio-economic potential in the years to come”.
In a statement from the Financial Times, organisers of the event, they stated that: “As the FT prepares to host its inaugural Nigeria Summit, we look forward to exploring the huge economic potential and challenges the country faces to build a resilient economy. With the support of Sahara Group and other key sponsors, the summit will add vital insight for senior leaders, and create a valuable day of engagement and thought leadership”. The FT summit which will bring together key government heads, opinion leaders and members of the press, will feature 7 keynote interviews, speeches and panel sessions over the course of the day.