MAN urges Akwa Ibom, Cross River govts to partner organised private sector
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has advised the Cross River and Akwa Ibom States Government to partner the organised private sector to develop the states’ economy.
The Chairman of the association in charge of the area, Mr Jackson Iniobong, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Sunday.
Iniobong said that it has become necessary for government to understand the critical role played by the organised private sector and to partner with them in the development of the economy.
“In this part of the country there has been very big gap between the government and the organised private sector.
“So, we are hoping that the new government of Cross River and Akwa Ibom states should see the need to partner the private sector in order to develop the states’ economy.
“We are helping them to develop the economy and to create employment and end the menace of unemployment,” he said.
He noted that the only way the government would succeed in growing the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) was for it to partner the private sector.
The chairman, however, commended the governor of Cross River, Prof. Ben Ayade, for his promise to pursue the dredging of Calabar Sea Port to boost economic activities in the state.
He said the policy was a welcome development, adding that it requires political will to address the challenges of the Sea Port.
“Dredging of Calabar port is very important and any government that fails to think of how to work on the port should not be in government.
“We have been hearing about dredging of Calabar Port by the successive administrations but today nothing is happening, so, for the governor to think of that is a welcome development.
“We hope he will keep up with the promise,”Iniobong said. (NAN)
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