Aba Bedrock of Nigeria’s Economy—FG

January 29, 2017
Aba Bedrock of Nigeria’s Economy—FG

Aba Bedrock of Nigeria’s Economy—FG

By Dipo Olowookere

The importance of the commercial capital of the Southeast Nigeria, Aba in Abia State, has been highlighted by the Acting President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo.

During a visit to Aba, where he participated in the First MSMES Clinics after the media launch in Abuja on Tuesday, and using an analogy, the story President Muhammadu Buhari once told him about the importance of taking care of people “who do the things that make us comfortable, the Vice President observed “it is important to pay attention to MSMES.”

He said, “We will spend time to ensure that we give those who produce locally all the support that we can give, and that is why we are doing this clinics.”

Mr Osinbajo urged those relevant FG agencies to see themselves as facilitators of the businesses and remove bottlenecks that are often reported when enterprises have something to do with the agencies.

The Vice President went round the stands of all the agencies at the Aba MSMES Clinic and also those of several businesses and local manufacturers, all of whom were obviously elated at the Federal Government’s gesture to re-orient the relationship between them and the agencies.

Explaining why the clinic was initiated, office of the Special Adviser on Economic Matters in the Presidency said it was devised to bridge the gap between medium and small scale businesses and government agencies such as Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC; Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON; National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC; Bank of Industry, BOI; Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS; Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC; and others.

The clinic is meant to bring together all those agencies in one spot and at appointed times across the country to attend to the needs, questions and requests of people doing business.

It was stated that such clinics would be held in two different cities every month and those government agencies would be on hand to solve problems of business enterprises, take enquiries, explain government initiatives and educate the public about regulatory issues regarding MSMES in Nigeria.

Commenting at the clinic, Governor of Abia State, Mr Okpezie Ikpeazu, disclosed that “with the visit of the Acting President to Abia, the story of Aba traders will change. The visit of the Acting President is a testimony that something new is happening here.”

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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