Nigeria: Lagos “Ready” to host WEF if needed..Forum on Africa 2014 to go ahead as planned
LAGOS pledged its readiness to host the upcoming World Economic Forum if it was moved from Abuja owing to security concerns.
Lagos State Commission of Transport in, Kayode Opeifa, said the state had the capacity to host the event “even at the slightest short notice.”
Opeifa noted that with working surveillance system in Lagos state, the state could organize the event better.
“Lagos is always ready for big events. If the security challenges have become so enormous for government to decide to shut down Abuja, then our advice is that they should move the event to Lagos. We are ready to successfully host the event at the shortest notice. We have the security in place,” he said.
The commissioner highlighted the efforts of Lagos State government in managing a functional surveillance system, thereby tasking the security experts present to mount pressure on the federal government to do the needful by making the Abuja cameras work.
He noted that no matter the amounts spent on the security, the cameras should be operational.
“The question we should begin to ask is why we are not secured as a nation, security experts need to ask those in Abuja looting our treasury.
Compared to cameras in Abuja, those in Lagos are working, so those in Abuja can work too. The cameras are not deaf and dumb; it is those who installed them that are deaf and dumb.”
He expressed concern the government was restricting people’s movements ahead of WEF.
Inspite of two incidents of bombing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, by suspected insurgents in recent weeks, the World Economic Forum (WEF) yesterday assured that the forum would go ahead with its summit as planned, but amid tightened security.
Oliver Cann, Associate Director, Media Relations of the WEF said in a statement yesterday, that the World Economic Forum has received assurances from President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, that security arrangements in Abuja will ensure a smooth and successful meeting next week.
“The World Economic Forum on Africa 2014 will go ahead as planned next week following assurances by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his government, on the robustness of the security arrangements that are being put in place for the meeting.”
The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa comes at a crucial time for the continent. Taking place under the theme, Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs, it will bring together over 1,000 leaders from across politics, business and civil society, including Premier Li Keqiang of China and eleven African heads of state and government, as well as President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and senior members of the Nigerian government.
The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa will take place in Abuja, Nigeria, on 7-9 May 2014 convening over 1,000 leaders from politics, business and civil society.
this is what boko haram are trying to influence..its about timing and nigeria would be very embarrassed with further abductions of girls again..holding the WEF in nigeria does highlight where the elite are focused..but thats no shock to us..will it be a competition now to see who can find/save the girls and give the most support..china versus america..