All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, has assured that APC will assist Ndigbo advance in industrialisation.
Buhari, who was represented by the National Chairman of APC, Chief Audu Ogbe, made the promise at a meeting with economic movers of the South East in Onitsha on Monday.
Buhari for instance said that APC will construct the second Niger Bridge and make it toll-free.
He disclosed that Nigeria’s industrial revolution will begin in South East.
The retired general regretted that between 1982 and 1984 many industries sprang up in the South East but were all shut down because of adverse economic climate. He pointed out that the South East is strategic if Nigeria will survive and the zone will not bounce back to life at the present rate where bank interest is 40 per cent and where the Federal Budget is 91 recurrent and nine per cent capital expenditure.
Buhari lamented that so many sectors that ought to lift the nation had been neglected over the years as the nation wallowed in conspicuous and ostentatious living. He said with everything under free import interest rate at banks very high Nigeria cannot make progress.
Buhari’s assurances came as a response to the opening address of the chairman of the session, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, former President-Worldwide of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and apprehensions raised by industrialists from the South East.
Ikedife had lamented the absence of care by the Federal Government ranging from neglected federal roads, industries, problem of power supply and Igbo Presidency.
Also, the chairman of Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (MAN), Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra chapter, Chief Azubike Okafor, painted gloomy situation facing manufacturers in the South East, saying, because of that many of its members have folded their industries in favour of importation.
Okafor said there were about 560 industries in the area but this number has been reduced to less than 200 at the moment.
He said they have power from public power supply two or three times a week and they must run their industries with gas, which is sometimes adulterated.
“We will support whoever is coming so we will go back to business”, he said.
Also, founding member of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Onwuka Uka, cautioned voters to size up individuals and not political parties when considering who to vote for.
Ukwa lamented that no Igbo man is in the National Security Council.
Source: Daily Independent