Global Upfront Newspapers
America Business Cover News

Anger, Anguish, Dismay As Poor Planning Mars Nigeria Economic Summit in New York, Blinken, Zuckerberg, Others Boycott Event

  • Ventilating their utter disgust, participants, sponsors and guests have condemned it as “mismanaged” and poorly organized. 

After spending millions of dollars to organize Nigeria’s International Economic Forum in New York, U S., the multi-level event ended in a fizzle on Thursday.

Ventilating their utter disgust, participants, sponsors and guests have condemned it as “mismanaged” and poorly organized.Panelists including some foreign investors have raised informal complaints blaming “very inexperienced ” government officials for creating chaotic situations in registration of guests, poor communication and a breakdown in relations between Nigerian government officials planning the event and the panelists.

A top government official speaking under the condition of anonymity, told that the event as a “creation of turmoil.

“The organizers promised an outstanding opportunity and unique benefits to sell Nigeria to the International community in exchange for support from sponsors and speakers, but what we have today is unmet expectations and a showcase of Nigeria in bad light.

“From accreditation to sitting arrangements, the whole planning was poorly managed.

“Invited VIPs like Bill Gates, U.S. Secretary of State Blinken, CEOs of Exxonmobil and Total Energies, DG World Health Organization (WHO),  founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg all shunned the event.

“The hall that was used for the event was not sizeable for an international event of that magnitude as most times during the event participants bumped into each other trying to move around.”

For many investors and participants, the forum was just more noise.  James Duffrey, dubbed the event “mediocre, ” he also complained of personnel mismanagement.

In the same vein, some participants  also agree the forum should be marked a failure, because it didn’t reach the goals it set itself and should have been hosted in Abuja. learnt that the event was organized by one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Spokesperson with no experience in international event planning. The office of the Chief of Staff coordinated the event.

Meanwhile, the official Aso Rock Villa ‘YouTube’ page of the Presidency  goofed by labeling the event “Nigeria at 60 Closing Ceremony”.  The event streamed live on the official YouTube account of the Presidency instead of labeling the event as the “Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum”, the event was labelled as “Nigeria at 60 Closing Ceremony.”

First published in

Advertize With Us

See Also

Blessing Okugbare’s Tokyo Olympics ban dash Nigeria’s hopes for any athletic medal

Global Upfront

Anambra State govt accuse AGF, Malami, of being arrowhead of EFCC’s watchlist tag on Governor Obiano

Global Upfront

Buhari seeks US assistance in fighting Boko Haram/ISWAP, banditry, warns of spill over to other countries

Global Upfront

Gbajabiamila, other African Speakers, take measures for debt cancellation as Nigeria hosts maiden CoSAP confab in 2021

Global Upfront

DSS Warns Sheikh Gumi, Others Against “Unguarded Utterances Over Tukur Mamu,” Says They Should Await Court Proceedings

Global Upfront

Pope Breaks Precedence, Names 3 Women To Bishops Advisory Committee For First Time

Global Upfront

Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, arrives, assumes power in Afghanistan, after 20 years exile in Qatar

Global Upfront

FG seeks powers to regulate, monitor all digital media content, including Twitter, says Lai Mohammed

Global Upfront

African Players In Europe: Nigerians Among The Goals

Global Upfront

U.S.-AFRICOM Commander, General Townsend, Visits East Africa And Angola To Advance Mutual Security Interests

Global Upfront

This website uses Cookies to improve User experience. We assume this is OK...If not, please opt-out! Accept Read More