6 Nigerian governors visit to understudy the German system of government

Dr. Karl-Ernst Brauner, the Director General of External Economic Policy in the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, on Saturday, said that Nigeria has the potential to actualise its developmental objectives and become one of the top economies in the world by 2020.

Brauner made this known in Berlin while receiving six Nigerian governors (of Rivers, Enugu, Niger, Plateau, Borno and Katsina states) at the ministry during a tour facilitated by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GAIC).

“I learnt that Nigeria wants to be amongst the most developed economies by the year 2020. I am sure that you have the potential to achieve exactly this because you are a country that is equipped and blessed with natural resources,” he said.

“We here in Germany are not more matured or disciplined than other people in the world and we are not more law abiding than other people, but it is the strong institutions that we have in this country that keep us. Here in Germany, we have almost no natural resources left. There is a bit of lignite and black coal, which is in such a geologically disadvantaged situation that it is not worthwhile to mine it.”

Brauner told the governors that his country’s success was built on its organisational structure and the empowerment of its people.

The director said that like Nigeria, Germany operated a federal system, but the federating states had the constitutional power to act on all issues except those that were assigned to the federal government.

According to him, Germany’s success is based on its industrial weight, which is spread across different centres in the country and the effective use of its manpower.

Brauner told the Nigerian governors that Germany equips its citizens with technical skills and the legal framework that guarantees their certainty. He added that beyond equipping its people, the German constitution stipulates that all Germans were guaranteed a minimum standard of living.

He said that Germany had over three million Small and Medium Enterprises built on individual entrepreneurship, and the government provides them with the right framework to ensure their success.

Brauner commended the Nigerian governors for coming to Germany to understudy its government, saying that their visit, which showed dedication on their part, was an honour to the German government.

He expressed optimism that the visit of the governors would open new doors of opportunities for both countries and offer them new ideas in governance.

“We buy a lot more energy from you but there is a lot more potentials in our relationship. We could do a lot more, therefore we are very pleased that you took an interest in Germany,” he said.

“I am sure that your visit would enable the two countries to see new avenues to lift the potentials that existed between both countries.”

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