Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI and the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, ECCIMA has reiterated their calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to critically scrutinise his new economic agenda to boost industrial growth as well as grant more power to the states before making it public.
Director General of LCCI, Mr. Muda Yusuf, said that the expected economic agenda should boost industrial growth by the diversification of the economy through agriculture.
He also advised President Buhari to consult with stakeholders regularly on issues concerning all sectors of the economy.
“We call for proactive policies, whether to build on existing ones or to formulate new ones, should be built around the growth of SMEs and large scale investments in agriculture to provide local raw materials for the nation’s industries.
“There is obviously an urgent need for the revival of the oil and gas as well as power sectors because the poor state of the sectors could retard the growth of the economy.
“The organised private sector is eagerly awaiting the agenda as the president gently takes his time to settle down,” he said.
Also, the Director-General of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, ECCIMA Dr. Emeka Okereke, while calling for the devolution of powers to states for effective development, insists that the states’ industrial autonomy was long overdue.
He said: “We call on the Federal Government to let the states activate the resources in their areas. That is where people will make valued contributions to Nigeria as a nation.
“Because the centre is still very strong, the states and local governments are all looking up to the centre for everything and that is why we are not advancing the way we should.
“The president should surrender some aspects of the executive list like mining and mineral exploration to states and you will see a great change.”
The economist also called for political restructuring, which he said, was also part of devolution of powers.
“Devolution of powers is part of political restructuring. Restructuring is very important.
“It does not mean to divide Nigeria but for us to cohabit with one another.
“We have not come out from the primordial Nigeria where tribalism, ethnicity and religion is the order of the day,” he said.
The Director-General also urged President Buhari to look at the reports of the National Conference and implement some key issues that would ensure peaceful co-existence.

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