All our investment partners are ready to collaborate with Bauchi State says Moleboheng Matli.
Moleboheng Matli is the Group CEO of Matli Holdings, administering Matli Investments, Mmadipotwana Media Pty Ltd, Mmadipotwana Nigeria and the founding Chairperson of Moleboheng Matli Foundation.
In a recent interview, she spoke on the potential of South Africa and Nigeria, especially the tourism potential in Bauchi State that will snowball to about 20,000 jobs creation.
The South African, who is also the Editor-in-Chief of SouthGerian Lifestyle Magazine, recently launched in Abuja, spoke on her strategic plans with Bauchi State Government under the leadership of the Executive Governor, Bala Mohammed to change the narrative for person to person and business to business relations between Nigeria and South Africa.
What is your message to South Africans and Nigerians?
Nigeria, South Africa, Africa, SouthGerian is here to stay. It is a bridge created for us to hold hands. For me, we can transform our continent. Truly, we can change the narrative but it is going to take you, take me and everybody around us to sing one song of unity. When I am talking of song, I am not talking about writing the lyrics down. I am talking about the change of mindset, change of our approach and let us start paying attention to what we need on the continent. Without love, we cannot achieve anything. Love in itself is not enough unless we step out of our comfort zone and fight to be one. Unless I tell you that I am a South African you would not even know because Nigerians are good with people. Same also with South Africans. I challenge you as my people; it is time we change our stance to celebrate Africa because if 55 countries can stand together there would be no European investment or Asian investment needed. They need us, we do not need them.
What is your partnership like with the Bauchi State Government?
We are proud to have an opportunity to work with Bauchi State in the areas of toursim and agriculture. Under the good leadership of Governor Bala Mohammed, we are confident that there shall be a turn around with great results in Skills acquisition and job creation. One thing we love about Bauchi State is the fact that despite being in the north, it is actually one of the safest states. So, we want to start promoting the state by communicating its safety, it’s competitive advantages and its great investment opportunities. Of course, we know that there are a lot of issues within the northern states yet equally know not every state must suffer discrimination based on its location. So, Bauchi State is ready for investment, and SouthGerian and Mmedipotwana Media, South Africa and all our investment partners are ready to collaborate with the State.
- How much can the Bauchi State Government generate from tourism?
In Bauchi we’re looking to drive Toursim investment into about 100 million USD and contribute towards Skills acquisition and job creation of about 50,000 people. I believe Bauchi, through Yankari and a few other tourism initiatives, can create thousands of jobs immediately. Do not forget that tourism is very broad. We are convinced that the Executive Governor, Bala MOHAMMED is passionate about tourism and ready to transform the economy of Bauchi and the lives of the Bauchilites. Bauchi Yankari Game Reserve, Sumu Wild Life are great Toursim projects to work with in propelling the State forward.
And in Agriculture we looking at horticulture and some of the immediate project looks to create about 1000 jobs with an investment of about 20 million USD by end 2022.
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