The national Council meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) will for the second time hold outside Lagos, this time in Port Harcourt. The meeting starts March 18 and the top leaders have started to arrive, according to insiders.
The first-ever national council meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) to hold in Port Harcourt or any part of eastern Nigeria is to go ahead from Wednesday to end Thursday, March 19, 2020, despite the scares of COVD-19.
The national chairman is said to have already arrived Port Harcourt by Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
The chapter of MAN for Rivers/Bayelsa, the senator, Adawari McPepple, told BusinessDay that the council meeting holding in Port Harcourt is significant in many ways especially in the quest of the Garden City to regain its status as an investment destination.
Port Harcourt for long lost its appeal as the destination of choice for both nationals and international business moguls. This was due to political crisis that culminated into insecurity that scared investors and businesses away to other welcoming cities.
The MAN national council meeting usually holds in Lagos until once when it was held in Kano, home state of the Dangote group and that of the present national president, Mansur. The choice of Port Harcourt after Kano is understood to underscore the hard work so far put in the efforts to revive the Garden City and its business status.
The chapter chairman said of the meeting: “This is the second time the council meeting will be leaving Lagos. All these years, it has been Lagos and so, it is quite significant that Port Harcourt is hosting. That is to emphasise the economic importance of Port Harcourt as an investment heaven.
“We thus want to use this opportunity to invite investors to see Port Harcourt as an investment destination because if the national council can see Port H as the right place to go, it means investors are safe here.
“We enjoin all hands to help make this meeting a remarkable success. The need for this cannot be over emphasised. The state governor has just set up a committee on the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB). That is to say that even the government is on the side of showing that there is progress in this area. We enjoin the organised private sector (OPS) to come together so that not only the aspirations of the state government but also that of MAN comes to fruition.”
Urging all producers who give value to products to consider themselves as manufacturers and join the MAN, Mc-Pepple maintained that the benefits were overwhelming.
“Our national president, Mansur Ahmed, will be here with us and hopefully would have interaction with the governor and entire state executive council. We all need to come out and welcome him.”
Some of the national burning issues in the area of manufacturing that the nation expects to hear at the end of the MAN council meeting in Port Harcourt include what informed the decision to rotate the council meetings, lessons from the rotation, the outcome of MAN’s regional consultations on the African Continental Trade Agreement (AfCTA), the attitude of state governors to manufacturing/