Xenophobic attacks may affect bilateral trade with S/Africa, other countries – Chamber

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Lagos – The Nigeria- Chamber of Commerce (NSACC) says xenophobic foreigners and their businesses in might affect bilateral trade the continent.

Mr Folusho Phillips, Prsident of the chamber, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos the were unfortunate and a setback African business growth.

is a rather unacceptable situation; a sad at this stage, South Africans still feel insecure locally when we know for a fact foreigners contribute expanding their economy and lifestyle.

shows me the South African Government has failed its nationals realise that they are part of an African Community and a world.

“They can not have the rather myopic attitude that they are showing which is able to hinder success and growth to most nations. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10”]

“We are sure that a lot of value has been added to the South African economy even at the lower level of the Small Medium Enterprises (SME) and in foreign investments,” Phillips said.

He urged the South African government to put in a lot of effort in educating ’s people and making them appreciate that they were part of a community.

Phillips said that African nations supported South Africans in their quest for liberation, and  all stood by them including Nigeria, during their struggle for freedom.

” They should consider that their people go out throughout the world; all the South African companies and investments we see around in African countries are made possible because other countries accepted and welcome them.

“It is not a way thing; it  should be a two way thing and the South African government has to be  a lot more aggressive, positive and focused in dealing with this issue,” he said.

NAN reports that the Nigerian Consul-General in , Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said Nigerian nationals living in had suffered a lot of property damage and losses, including looting of shops, scorched cars and stolen vehicles.

“Nigerians have compiled damage to their property and it is totalling about 1.2 million rand or N21 million, which will be sent to the Federal Government for further action.” (NAN)