Friday, 12 June 2009

Mr Sanusi appointed Nigerian Central Bank Governor

Last week I was in Nigeria to attend a Business Breakfast organised by Mr Pascal Dozie, one of CBC’s Board members, and was pleased to catch the Senate Confirmation Hearings of Mr Sanusi Lamido Sansui as the Governor of the Nigerian Central Bank on TV.

I was glad to see Mr Sanusi, former CEO of First Bank, a CBC Member, appointed as the Governor of the Nigerian Central Bank though a true governance process; the senate questioned him in detail on topics of great importance to the banking system and the Nigerian Economy as a whole, including Regulation and Recovery. Coincidently, Mr Sanusi is the Second Central Bank Governor of the same name to move from CEO of First Bank to the Governorship.

In General the impression I got from the Business men and women I met in Lagos was extremely upbeat; there are tremendous opportunities for investors in Nigeria, especially within the Infrastructure sectors. Government and Infrastructure Companies are actively and determinedly seeking outside investors to help develop the infrastructure base, in Lagos and other regions.

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