The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Mr. Ahmed Kuru at the weekend said the challenges the Nigerian economy is currently facing presents the best opportunity for strategic investors with long term interest in Nigeria to invest in the country.
According to him, recession, which the country slipped into last year, should not in any way deter serious-minded investors because; the country would in no time come out of recession and be on the path to economic recovery.
He said with such strategic investment plan, reaping the full benefits of the investment was guaranteed because Nigeria no doubt remains one of the most promising economies in Africa, which explained why AMCON still received a lot of proposals from investors who are desperate to invest in the country.
“We (AMCON) are inundated with proposals from different investors with different area of interest in the economy because Nigeria has a growing and promising economy as far as investment opportunities are concerned; but, it has to be for businesses and business owners that have long-term interest in Nigeria; long term objectives and long term strategy.
“Any investor without these characteristics may be overwhelmed as a result of the present situation of the economy, which is temporary to say the least. So as far as I am concerned, the present economic challenge is actually the right time to invest in Nigeria; a time to lay a solid foundation and then grow with the economy in no distant time,” a statement quoted Kuru to have explained.
The AMCON boss said he was confident that the efforts of present administration to fight corruption, provide infrastructure and strengthen institutions in the country would also reassure investors about the new opportunities in Nigeria.
In 2017, he said AMCON would continue to sustain its tempo of recoveries, which began last year by strategically focusing on value enhanced exits of its portfolios, which encompasses continued negotiations and resolution of loans through cash recoveries, asset forfeitures through negotiation or enforcement; capital restructuring for short to mid-term exits as well as joint venture arrangements for asset operations and land development.
As the second largest land and real estate property owner in Nigeria, AMCON is also exploring the creation of a robust Real Estate Investment Trust Scheme (REITS) that would provide market driven exit for AMCON’s real estate assets as well as additional capital market instruments for institutional investors such as the Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) and other interested parties. With these opportunities, Kuru said AMCON had a bouquet of attractive assets that would appeal to different investors locally and internationally.