South Sudan Vice President, James Igga, has called on Nigerian businessmen and investors to take advantage of the economic opportunities in the young nation
The VP added that South Sudan has large tracts of fertile land as well as untapped mineral resources, which serious-minded entrepreneurs could invest in.
The VP also the country needs the assistance of Nigeria in the areas of training for its security personnel, many of whom were former rebels, who were conscripted into the security agencies.
He made this appeal while responding to questions from journalists at the inaugural meeting of the South Sudan Nigerian Chambers of Commerce and Industries in Abuja on Friday.
He explained that the security situation in his country had improved tremendously.
Igga stated that the peace process in his country would resume soon, noting that the crisis would have been resolved but for the shifting positions of the rebel leaders whom he blamed for the continuous violence in parts of South Sudan.
Igga said, “We need capacity training for teachers, the civil service and students; we also need security training for the security personnel. We want Nigeria to assist with the training of the Army and the police.
“You know, most of them were guerrillas and if you are a guerrilla, you learn to shoot at people, but you can imagine if you convert such a person into the police, what would happen? So we need security training for our personnel.”