Regis Anukwuoji, Enugu.
Most governors who put infrastructural facilities as topmost priority in their first terms have began to talk of economic development through new policies.
Now, Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has promised to make polices to enhance the ease of doing business in the state. Ugwuanyi who stated this while declaring open the 30th edition of the Enugu International Trade Fair said that Enugu State is open and ready for business and called on investors to make use of the friendly business environment in day state to develop their activities in the state.
The governor represented by his deputy, Cecilia Ezeilo, called on the FG to develop facilities at the complex as it did in Lagos and Kaduna, pointing out that the development of infrastructure at the site was long overdue considering Enugu as a regional headquarter.
He assured Enugu Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA). that the state government would continue to collaborate with them in all their activities emphasising that the trade fair complex needed to be brought to the same level with its peers in other regions of the country.
Earlier, the President of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Emeka Udeze, announced the extension of the fair from 5 April to 17 instead of 15 as a result of it’s overlapping with the Kaduna version.
According him, despite all the challenges ECCIMA was so far developing facilities at the site through self-help to ensure successful hosting of the fair for the past nine years it operated at the permanent site.
“In the last five years, we erected and completed a mini exhibition hall and enhanced the ceremonial pavilion within the resources available to the chamber.
“We went the extra miles three years ago to task ourselves through credit leveraging to asphalt part of the internal roads in the complex,” he said.
The president said that the aforementioned were carried out in consultation with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. “Unfortunately, these facilities according to the ministry may give way when the master plan for the development of the complex would be executed,” he said.
Udeze called on the Federal Government to hasten the award of contracts for the development of the complex. “Once again, we re-echo our appeal for the Federal Government to earmark and release adequate funds and to award the contract to competent contractors for the development of the complex,” he said.
He said that facilities needed to be done at the complex included ground stand for ceremonies, pavilions, asphalting of the internal roads, water reticulation and electrical networking including convenience.
In a good will message, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, said that ECCIMA would get maximum support from the FG.
Enelamah, who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant, Emeka Ifezulike, said that International trade fairs are aimed at improving and deepening economic and business relationship.
Iyalode Alabama Lawson National president of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture NACIMA commanded the governor of Enugu state for supporting the activities of the chamber.
She called on the federal government for a quick passage of 2019 national Budget which she said is veritable guide to business operators and a tool for inclusive growth and sustainable development.