A proposed foreign direct business investment in Ogun State has been put on hold as a German business partner of the state government, Walter Hunner, and his Nigerian counterpart, Olumide Coker, were killed in the Dana air crash that occurred on Sunday, claiming over 150 lives
Mr. Hunner and Mr. Coker were part of a German team that had earlier visited the state to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the state government and Deutsche Gescellschaff Fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a Development Agency of the German Government.
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, had during the MOU ceremony assured the investors of providing enabling environment for them.
The duo were returning to Abeokuta via Lagos on the Dana airline, with the aim of finalising partnership with the Ogun State government.
The invitation of the investors to the state was the initiative of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), Hafsat Abiola-Costello. Ms. Abiola-Costello expressed great sadness at the demise of the two men.
“I am working to bring international support for the state. And I just worked to get the German Development Agency to come and help us. On that plane was a German man who was coming to open his office in Ogun State,” Ms. Costello lamented.
“On that plane was also a Nigerian man, who was from Ogun State who worked for that agency and was coming to help that office,” she said.
One of the colleagues of the late duo who spoke with our correspondent from Germany, Ahmad Jazayeri, also confirmed that the men were killed in the Dana Airline crash. He said he is yet to overcome the shock.
“Yes it is true, he was returning from Abuja to Abeokuta in preparation to set up and open office in Abeokuta, Ogun State, having earlier signed Memorandum of Understanding with the state government,” Mr. Jazayeri said.