The National President of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr Ahmed Mansur, has urged South East governors to develop a framework that would boost development of manufacturing sector in the region.
Mansur, who was represented by the National Vice President, Mr Chukwuemeka Nzewi, made the call during the 33rd Annual General Meeting of the association in Enugu on Tuesday.
According to him, this could be achieved through partnership with local companies capable of providing inputs to manufacturing companies.
“I have no doubt that you share our concern with the low level of industrialisation in our country, especially the manufacturing sector which currently contributes less than 10 per cent of Gross Domestic Product.
“This is indeed most undesirable considering the fact that manufacturing sector is undoubtedly the bedrock of any thriving economy and the major provider of employment and economic growth opportunity.
“I therefore, appeal to the government in the three states – Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu to support manufacturing by creating a more conducive environment for existing and prospective industries to thrive,” Mansur said.
MAN Vice Chairperson in Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi, Mrs Ada Chukwuedozie, also appealed to the Federal Government to make policies that would rejuvenate industrial activities.
Chukwuedozie, represented by MAN Chairman, Mr Chuzi Igweobi, stressed that such policies would make it easy for manufacturers to compete with industrialists in other regions of the country.
”There is the need to develop critical infrastructure that will aid manufacturing in Igbo land,” Igweobi stressed.
He lamented that lack of infrastructure was negatively hindering members of the association from making meaningful progress in their industrial operations.
The Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Chief Nkem Okeke, in his remark urged the state governors to take proactive measures to revive manufacturing sector in the region.