By Charles Nwaoguji
Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has called on Government at all levels to henceforth fully involve the Organised Private Sector of Nigeria (OPSN) and private sector operators in the articulation and subsequent implementation of policies.
According the National President of NACCIMA, Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu, the chamber was of the firm view that as the country searches for a way out of economic recession, Government must work closely with the private sector which will have a key role to play if the goal of early recovery will be met in the first quarter of 2021 as being predicted by the Minister of Finance, the CBN Governor and others in government circles.
Aliyu, who stated this at the 2020 4th Quarter meeting held in Port-Harcourt recently, stated that the 3rd Quarter contraction of the Economy was foretold in view of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the drop in crude oil prices, and the civil unrest that ensured.
“All of these issues require robust response in close cooperation with the OPSN. The Council also drew attention to the need proper synergy of monetary and fiscal policies that will engender inclusive growth and development in some strategic sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and mining. Most importantly, the OPSN must be taken on board in the articulation of policies, policy implementation, and the process of monitoring and evaluation,” she said.
She reaffirmed the chamber position that diversification must be given more serious attention and the Economic Sustainability Plan should be faithfully implemented in a way to ensure quick impact to tackle the issues of unemployment and infrastructural development.
During courtesy call on the Governor of Rivers State, the Council led by the National President, Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu commended the State for its massive infrastructure development which was having significant impact on commerce and economic activities beyond the oil and gas sector which the state was well known for.
The occasion of the Council meeting ended with a gala dinner was attended by top dignitaries from the public and private sectors, as well as, traditional rulers.
The occasion presented an opportunity for cutting of the Anniversary cake, as part of the NACCIMA@60 celebrations, which had commenced in October, 2020.