Presidency backs public, private partnership, says investment minister
MINISTER of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelama yesterday said in Umuahia Abia State that the Federal Government fully backs and encourages public, private partnership that would accelerate the country growth and rescue it from its present economic challenges.
Speaking during a call on the state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the Minister lauded the governor for encouraging public, private, partnership and adopting the policy of encouraging local leather and garment production in Aba.
He said, “We clearly want to partner with states in this regard as the Federal Government wants to diversify the economy. We encourage your initiative on made-in-Aba-Nigeria goods, especially the leather and garment clusters.”
The minister described it as part of measures adopted by the Federal Government to end joblessness and create a solid economic base for the nation adding that the present administration has given hope to states with industrial blueprint for a workable partnership.
Minister Enelama, who is from Abia, told the governor that one of the reasons for his visit included the need to know the state’s road map and explore areas of possible collaboration between the state and the Federal Government, in line with the policy direction of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, part of which is his commitment to providing enabling environment for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to thrive.
In his response, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said that the challenge that confronts his government centered on the capacity to meet large orders for the Abia-made products, maintaining that if there is a pronouncement from the President to stop importation of such products, then all the arrangement of bringing the manufacturers in a cluster would yield the desired result.
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