The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is set to host another edition of the “Private Sector Interaction” with governorship candidates in Lagos State.
The interaction is aimed at providing a platform for the candidates to discuss their manifestoes and programmes for private sector development in the state.
The event, according to LCCI, is scheduled to hold on January 11, at the LCCI Conference and Exhibition Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
LCCI Director-General Mr. Muda Yusuf said due to the strategic position of Lagos, the Organised Private Sector (OPS) is interested in having insight into the thinking of the candidates on the trajectory for the Lagos economy.
Yusuf said: “The business community cannot continue to be passive in the political and electoral process. The reality is that the quality of economic policies is impacted by the quality of political governance.
“It is the economic policies that determine the prosperity or otherwise of our businesses, hence our participation at this point in time. It is the economic policies that will determine how equitable the society will be and the capacity of the economy to create jobs.
“It is the social and economic policies that will determine the degree of social justice that we experience as a people. For these and other reasons, we need to play a more active role in influencing the choice of political leaders at all levels of government.”
He maintained the need to have a political leadership that will build institutions and promote policies that are supportive of investment.
Yusuf also spoke of the need to position the private sector as a true engine of growth and development of an economy that rewards hard work, creativity, innovation, wealth creation and entrepreneurship.