BreakingNews 28/8/14 - Obi Lists Keys to Industrialization

[ Masterweb Reports ] - The former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi said that for Nigeria to expand its industrial base, that leaders at all levels must show commitment. He was speaking Tuesday at the 54th Annual Bar Conference taking place at the International Conference Centre, Owerri.

In his address to the Conference entitled: "Nigeria: Any Hope for an Industrial Revolution", Obi said that just as countries such as Singapore and Malaysia expanded their industrial and service bases, that Nigeria was capable of moving on the same direction once the people did the right things. He lamented uncontrolled greed as the bane of the progress of the country, saying that often people acquire what they do not need to the expense of the country thus promoting the retrogressive culture of transaction rather than the progressive culture of transformation.

Obi who said that attitude towards investors was another thing that mattered in the progress and development of a country, recalled the experience of Innoson Motor Manufacturing Company, Nnewi. According to him, Innoson company borrowed money to buy equipment for his Motor industry and had problem with customs that led to the auctioning of his goods far below the cost. He said it was the intervention  of the President that resolved the matter and made it possible for the company to complete its plant, which now employs over 7000 Nigerians. Obi wondered what would have been the fate of the company if he had not intervened through the President.

Commending Jonathan on the progress of the " Transformation Agenda," he said that the President would not do everything himself, and called on Nigerians to realize that they all have stake in the country.

Further, Obi said that for Nigeria to achieve it industrial dream, that it should sustain the improvement on infrastructure, especially transportation, power and emphasizes on vocational training and skills acquisition.

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The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Okey Wali, SAN (2nd left), the former President, AC Okocha(1st left), and Chief Mike Ahamba(1st right),  with the former Gov. Of Anambra State, Mr.Peter Obi, after he delivered a lecture entitled: "Nigeria: Any Hope for an Industrial Revolution" at the 54th Annual Bar Conference at the International Conference and Convention Centre, Owerri, Imo State, on Tuesday.
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