As part of moves to boost the economy of Nigeria and South Africa, Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, and African National Congress, ANC, have both agreed to come together.
Speaking, yesterday, in Abuja, at his private residence when he received the delegation of ANC, led by its Treasurer-General, Dr. Mathews Phosa, PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, called on the South Africa ruling party to come to Nigeria and invest in infrastructure, solid mineral exploration, agriculture, refineries, among others.
According to him, it had become imperative for both parties, as ruling parties in their respective countries, to come together and build what he called a United States of Africa to beat the United States of America, Japan, Russia and other developed countries of the world.
Tukur said it was time ruling parties in Africa helped in strengthening Africa’s peace as well as fortify trade and investments across the continent. He said trade and investments remained the most potent way of harnessing the resources of the continent.
Tukur said: “We believe that ruling parties in Africa must build stronger ties and have a common platform to articulate the challenges facing African continent and stimulate a peaceful United States of Africa. “We must also explore the potentials of trade and investments across the countries in Africa as it remains a viable tool in harnessing the potentialities in the continent.”
Earlier in his remarks, Phosa explained that he was in Nigeria with his team to return PDP‘s visit of a few months ago to South Africa, disclosing that the visit was also an avenue to exploit the potentials of both countries, especially in the areas of trade and investment. Phosa added that both parties stood to learn and gain a lot from each other.
Some notable South African businessmen on the entourage of Dr. Phosa included Robert Gumede, Executive Chairman, Guma Group; Ivor Ichikowitz, Executive Chairman, Paramount Group; Mario Pikan, Executive Director, Guma Group; and Eric Ichikowitz, Executive Director, Paramount Group.