Figures proves Nigerian minister flat wrong
By Codratus Godson
The US embassy few years back accused Nigerian lawmakers of soliciting for illicit sex in a hotel car park. The named lawmakers denied blue and red as if Nigerians did not know the history of escapes of Nigerian government delegates anywhere in the world. They denied as we did not know how estacode and sexcapedes were the only reasons why Nigerian officials flocked to foreign conferences. They denied as if Nigerians have forgotten how our delegates always signed agreements that turn round to hurt the nation just because the delegates never get to the venues long enough to study the numerous documents required for hot exchange of intelligence between nations. They have forgotten that Nigerians have not forgotten that government officials over the decades cannot point to one single bilateral or multilateral sgreement that favours Nigeria or that has worked well.
All joint venture projects including Akaokuta proved injurious to Nigeria to the benefit of the opponents. They forget that Nigerians know that those who represent us even beg their opponents to please cheat Nigeria in the deals and kindly build their interests into the deals. They forgot that we know that their interests are usually far more important to them than the survival of Nigeria; including deals to purchse arms to fight insurgents.
Now, in a small integrity fight with Thailand, Nigeria may lose again through the minister. Thai has tabled figures to show that they could not have said their mills were shutting down. But, did they not tell Ogbe that their unemployment rate had risen from 1.8% to 4%, or did the minister forge the figures?
Ogbe should not allow Nigeria to lose this fight. He should release tapes of the dialogue so we can know who is lying. It could have been jokes by two governments officials, but let facts speak.
See Thai side of the story:
“The report is not only misleading but a distortion of the actual conversation between myself and the honourable Minister of Agriculture at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on 30th January 2018, which was nothing short of positivity and optimism on both sides,” he told Premium Times.
“During which I praised President Buhari’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), the essence of which is the endeavour to move the country to a self-sufficiency and export-oriented economy, and to that worthy cause, Thailand stands ready to work closely with the Nigerian Government in the field of technological transfer and agricultural machineries.
“At the same meeting, the honourable minister and I had reached the conclusion that I as Ambassador of Thailand to Nigeria will be working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and rural development to establish a platform to discuss our mutual benefits in the form of MOU on Agricultural Cooperation and by forming a bilateral Working Committee toward that end.
“Thailand’s rice export to the world in 2017 (January-December 2017) reached 11.48 million tons equalising to $5.1 billion (USD), a 15.54 per cent increase compared to previous years, which is one of the highest figures on the history Thailand’s rice exportation. There is no proof of any shutdown of Thailand’s major rice mills.”