- A former minister has said that Nnewi, the commercial city in Anambra has been long neglected by the government
- The former minister said the lack of adequate security in the city has not encouraged industrial growth in Anambra state
- Osita Chidoka said the current system of government does not have the capacity and creativity to address the issues
A former minister of aviation Osita Chidoka has said that Nnewi, the commercial city in Anambra has been long neglected by the government.
Chidoka said the lack of adequate security in the city has not encouraged industrial growth in Anambra state.
In a statement signed by his media director Viola Okolie, the former minister said it is important to link security with economic input.
Chidoka said: "The Toyota factory in Japan does not shut down once it is dark; they work for 24 hours. When our factories run for 24 hours, they will have the capacity to employ more people, their production capacity will increase; that would mean more opportunity for ancillary businesses and more money for our people."
“Government must therefore stop paying lip service to manufacturers in Nnewi. We must partner with them to make Nnewi the industrial nerve center of the nation," Chidoka said.
Also commissioning his campaign office in Ukpor, Nnewi South local government, the former minister said the city has suffered neglect and failed promises by government.
He however assured that since his government would be community based, there would no longer be the case.
He also assured Ukpor of adequate representation in his government to ensure that projects with direct bearing on the welfare of the people would be urgently addressed.
Chidoka said it is impossible for industries in Nnewi to meet their desired targets with the current level of government neglect, dearth of critical infrastructure in the area and required security to support a 24-hour shift production.
The former minister also said this neglect by the government has resulted in heavy financial burden on investors and retarded production, adding that the time has come for strategic intervention.
He also said the current system of government does not have the capacity and creativity to address the issues.
Chidoka said his government would enact policies to shift market emphasis to locally manufactured goods thereby making local production attractive, cost effective and profitable.
He added that a boost in the production capacity of factories in Nnewi will create more employment for Anambra youth, enhance ancillary businesses, and lift the economy of the people of the state.
“There is no how the industries in Nnewi will perform optimally without necessary government support through the provisions of required infrastructure and facilities.
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"We cannot abandon them and expect them to thrive. Government must strategically step in on issues of pro-local production policies, power, access roads, waste disposal, manpower development, funding windows, market openings as well as adequate security that will enable them run a 24 hour shift production," he added.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that a Facebook user Kenechukwu Onwunzo had accused the governor of Anambra state of scamming his people.
Onwunzo while decrying the state of roads in the state urged motorists to be very careful of huge erosion on Aguata Ring Road in Nibo area of Anambra state.
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