Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
An entrepreneur and Chairman, Kwara State Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (KWACOBPA), Chief Hezekiah Adediji, has decried noninvolvement of professionals in certain sectors of the country’s economy by the federal government in the implementation of its various policies.
He said such development has continued to hinder the recovery of Nigerian economic growth.
Adediji, who stated this in Ilorin, the state capital, wednesday while speaking with journalists on the sideline of the third annual general meeting of the associations, said: “If the professionals are involved in the decision making and implementation process of various policies, it would have gone a long way to rejuvenate the country’s economy.”
According to him, “It is disturbing to note that the government has continued to make use of ministry officials in the implementation of its economic policies at the expense of professionals that specialise on various sectors of the economy.”
He said such ugly development has manifested on what the people of the country have been passing through.
Adediji stated that “I want to tell you that the economy is very harsh on the masses because most of the things we are facing now in the country were not bargained for, be it social or economic programmes.
“Banks are too harsh to various business investors; the economy is not growing now, there is no cash flow in the political scene, and business is down and not moving for investors.
“But, what we have been suggesting to the federal government to ensure the involvement of all and sundry especially the professionals in various sectors of the economy, and that the economy should not rely solely on ministry officials. Until this is changed, the people of the country would continue to feel the harshness of the economy.”
Adediji stated further that the association was formed in order to have a common front towards the socio-economic development of the state.
He noted that this is done by supporting business-friendly activities and programmes that would bring economic prosperity to the people of the state.
The entrepreneur, therefore, called on other professionals that are yet to join the association to come on board in order to add values to the economic growth of the state.