Wednesday, July 18, 2012
THE Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganga, has said Anambra State has a fundamental role in the notational industrial revolution plan of the country
Mr Aganga said this when he paid a visit to Governor Peter Obi at the Government House, Awka, on Tuesday.
Mr Aganga said the state was a major player in industrial and enterprise development.
He disclosed that a recent survey by the National Bureau of Statistics revealed that the state had the highest number of small and medium scale enterprises, and was leading in four industrial sectors, including the automobile sector.
The Minister extolled Governor Obi for championing the patronage of 'Made in Nigeria' goods and encouraging and empowering industrialists and embarking on massive infrastructural development in industrial areas.
Mr Aganga said the Federal Government would work closely with Governor Obi and industrialists in the state to fast-track industrial growth and development, while commending the Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing Company for the giant strides recorded so far.
He explained that the Federal Government was reversing the trend of exporting raw materials and importing finished products by repositioning and strengthening the manufacturing sector and focusing on areas of competitive and comparative advantage.
Responding, Governor Obi called for a ban on the importation of cables and other products which were also produced in Nigeria to protect local industries and encourage them to grow.