THE President of the Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ONICCIMA) has told the Federal Government to adopt local solutions to Nigeria’s economic challenges.
Mr Chris Ukachukwu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha on Friday on the occasion of Nigeria’s Democracy Day.
He blamed the nation’s economic challenges on the use of western theories to address Nigeria’s challenges.
“The problem in the country is that we use western economic theories to solve Nigerian problems.
“After 21 years, we are still running a mono-economy with oil being the major source of our revenue. Nigeria and Nigerians deserve better.”
Ukachukwu also called for the review of the country’s constitutional provisions to seek ways of removing flamboyancy in politics.
According to him, flamboyancy in politics has taken away the dividends of democracy from the people.
“Invariably, politics has become the quickest way by which people enrich themselves when it ought to be for people committed to selfless service to the nation.”
Ukachukwu, who is also an industrialist, advised government to come up with programmes that would engage youths because youths had demonstrated that they could lead.
“Their exploits in Nollywood and the music industry have given an insight into what our youths can do, if given the opportunity to rule.”
He also told Nigerians to change their mindset that politics was all about amassing wealth.
Ukachukwu, who commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his achievements, called for the creation of more opportunities in agriculture, entrepreneurship, and provision of loans and stimulus packages to encourage youths and industrialists.
He urged the government to consider using chambers of commerce nationwide, to identify manufacturers who genuinely needed help and to also increase power supply and provide infrastructure. (NAN)
– Jun. 12, 2020 @ 15:35 GMT |