The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture has called for inclusive growth under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the Federal Government.
The association stressed that the growth must positively impact the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
The association, according to a statement, made this call in a communiqué released after its just concluded annual conference in Kano.
It noted that President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, and listed other dignitaries at the event to include the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Umar Ganduje, and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the ERGP, Dr. Effiong Essien.
Buhari was said to have acknowledged the role played by NACCIMA towards the development of Nigeria’s economy and called on the organised private sector to take advantage of the enabling environment created by his administration to thrive.
According to the statement, Essien presented a paper on the ERGP and the journey so far.
He pointed out that the various policies under the ERGP were impacting on Nigerians positively.
He said that the government was focusing on attracting investments in the area of agriculture and transportation, manufacturing and processing, as well as power and gas.
He indicated that the ERGP Focus Laboratory was created to help in the achievement of these goals and advised the private sector operators to embrace the focus lab initiative.
In the communiqué, the association recommended that the ERGP focus lab be replicated in all six geopolitical zones of the country to encourage better participation by businesses especially the Small and Medium Enterprises.
It also urged the government to continue to create the enabling environment through the provision of infrastructure, implementation of consistent monetary and fiscal policies in order to ensure that the real sector was provided with opportunities to thrive.
The President, NACCIMA, Chief Alaba Lawson, was said to have paid a courtesy call on Ganduje as part of the programme of the AGM.
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