A cross-section of prominent Aba-based businessmen have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to seek the intervention of accomplished industrialists from the South East in revamping the Nigerian economy, pointing out that Ndigbo are known for their entrepreneurial acumen and courage to excel in business regardless of the terrain.
The remark was made on Sunday when the business people hosted former Governor of Abia State and celebrated business mogul, Dr. Orji Kalu, who was in Aba to attend mass in commemoration of Fathers’ Day at CKC Cathedral, Aba, to a reception in honour of his outstanding contributions to the business world.
According to Chief Kelechi Iko, Chairman, Ikonson Group of Companies, who spoke to journalists on behalf of others after the reception, the economic fortune of Nigeria will change if realistic policies are implemented, adding that small and medium scale enterprises hold the key to revival of the Nigerian economy.
He said:“The commercial city of Aba has been neglected by previous federal and state governments since Dr. Orji Kalu handed over to his successor.
“It is unfortunate that Aba of those days is now in a state of mess. Nevertheless, because of the business skills and courage of an average Igbo man, the people are still striving to earn a living through various professions and trade.
“We believe and support the efforts of the present federal administration in overhauling the economy.
“However, Mr. President should seek the support of independent-minded business people like Dr. Orji Kalu of Slok Group, Chief Cletus Ibeto of Ibeto Group, Chief Innocent Chukwuma of Innosson motors and others, who have created a niche for themselves in the business world.
“These people alongside their contemporaries in other parts of the country should be brought under one roof to serve as federal government’s independent economic team and offer practical steps that will enhance the economic fortune of Nigeria”
Iko, while pleading with the federal government to focus on rebuilding the decaying infrastructure in the South East, called on the people at the helm at all levels of government to make the people’s welfare a top priority in their policy thrust.