By Crusoe Osagie
The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has expressed concern over the poor state of security in the country.
The NACCIMA President, Mr. Herbert Ajayi, explained that the situation has continued to pose critical challenges to Nigerians and the business community.
The President, who spoke during the body’s national conference tagged ‘Transforming Nigeria – Private Sector Perspective’, said NACCIMA has watched and listened with keen interest the unfolding developments in the country, especially in the areas of the economy and security since the beginning of this year.
He said some recent happenings, “If not urgently addressed, these challenges would diminish the gains of the entire economic plans of the government for the good of Nigerians and the concerned international community.”
Ajayi pointed out that the conference was part of NACCIMA’s effort to create a platform where the private sector and other concerned stakeholders will consider all facts surrounding the ongoing but unresolved burning issues on the economy and security.
He said participants are expected to come up with informed, practical and realistic recommendations to the Government on the way forward for Nigeria to attain prosperity.
“That is why the stakeholders and personalities participating in this conference were carefully selected across a wider spectrum of the economy such as the Organised Private Sector (OPS); Business Membership Organisations (BMOs); other Private Sector players; Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs); National Assembly; Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs); Organised Labour Unions; Security Agencies; Media Houses; the Academia; Research Institutes; Leaders of Industries, and so on,” he said.
He said to garner evidence-based facts from Nigerians on these burning issues on the economy and security, NACCIMA, with the support of ENABLE (Enhancing Nigerian Advocacy for a Better Business Environment), commissioned a consulting firm to carry out a Pre-Conference Opinion Survey/Polling.
He stated that the result of the exercise would be presented at the conference after the syndicate sessions and used to support the outcome of the conference.
He pointed out that the significance of the conference is coming up with a communiqué that would be presented to government for consideration and adoption, with a view to assist its ongoing onerous task of transformation for the overall benefit of Nigerians.