ECCIMA urged to key into PMB’s agro projects to maximise benefits

Jennifer Inah, Abuja

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The Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, ECCIMA, has been urged to key into President Mohammadu Buhari’s agricultural projects, to reap its full potentials and maximise the value chains of the Nigerian economy.

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu gave this advice in Abuja, when he received a delegation of the Council of ECCIMA led by its Vice President, Dr Emma Nwankpa, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

Mr Okechukwu stated that the efforts of President Buhari in revamping the economy is in all areas, such as food sufficiency through Cocoa production, Cassava, Cotton, Rice and other agricultural produce while striving to ensure industrial growth through power generation.

In the words of Mr Okechukwu: ”Mr President is in alignment with what ECCIMA is doing, that we must produce what we eat, coupled with the fact that you cannot promote industrial growth if you do not have adequate electricity supply. So he has embarked on Mambilla Hydro power plant which at the fullness of time would generate 3,000 Megawatts of Electricity. He is also going to embark on Enugu coal to generate 1000 megawatts.”

The Director General added: “According to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s demographic scale, in re-electing President Buhari, sixteen percent farmers, fourteen percent house wives and five percent artisans contributed to the 15 million votes won by the President. So, Mr President is not doing Elitist politics but grassroots based.”

He promised that Voice of Nigeria would avail the Chamber Of Commerce its numerous media platforms to publicise the activities of ECCIMA.

The Vice President of ECCIMA, Dr. Emmanuel Nwankpa  had earlier solicited the  continuous collaboration of  the Chamber and Voice of Nigeria for its upcoming annual Enugu International Trade Fair.

“The visit also avails us unique opportunity to particularly explain and discussed about one of the key main economic activity in Nigeria, the annual Enugu International Trade Fair, interestingly the 30th edition would start on the 5th of April and run through to 15th April 2019 in Enugu. The theme of the fair is Promoting and Enhancing Value Addition in the Oil and Non Oil Sector of the Economy for Robust Economic Growth and Development,” he stated.

Dr Nwankpa added that a number of strategies had been put in place by the chamber towards ensuring that all stakeholders realize meaningful out come from participating in the fair.