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NECA initiates advocacy platform to tackle private sector challenges 

By Gloria Nwafor
10 March 2022   |   2:37 am
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has called for an urgent need to establish a credible national platform that would pave way for a healthy private

Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA). Photo: THEGLITTERS

The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has called for an urgent need to establish a credible national platform that would pave way for a healthy private sector and sustained national inclusive growth, anchored on industrial harmony, decent jobs and national socio-economic renaissance.
 
Noting that the private sector remains a critical stakeholder in any nation’s economic development and its innate potential to drive the economic renaissance of the country, the group argued that the private sector is still confronted with a myriad of challenges.

 
To address the inherent challenges faced by the private sector, NECA is activating the maiden ‘Nigeria Employers’ Summit’, which is poised not only to bridge the gap but become the focal point of advocacy for employers.
 
Director, Learning and Development/Projects, NECA, Celine Oni, in conjunction with the chairman and vice-chairman of the summit planning committee, Chuma Nwankwo and Victoria Uwadoka, respectively, while addressing the media, said the need for the summit was critical to reshaping the face of advocacy in Nigeria.
 
Specifically, they argued that there is no focused employer’s advocacy platform, where issues facing employers are discussed with far-reaching recommendations made to the government.
 
Noting that a significant portion of Nigeria’s future development rests on the shoulders of the private sector, they said the summit would provide the private sector and other stakeholders the privilege to identify and explore the nexus between a thriving private sector and national development.

The group said the platform would identify impediments to enterprise competitiveness and employment creation as well as proffer solutions to the impediments. 

   
They mentioned that the outcomes, recommendations and communiqué arising from the summit would serve as a strategic advocacy roadmap and employer’s input into national budgets, national development plans and other economic plans of the government.
 
Stating the theme of the summit ‘The Private Sector – An Engine of National Development’, and scheduled to hold in Abuja on May 30 to 31, 2022 they added that President  Muhammadu Buhari would be the special guest of honour, while President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, is expected to give the keynote address, among others.