S-East manufacturers’ association rues operating environment
On January 26, 2012 · In News

BY VINCENT UJUMADU

AWKA—THE South East zone of the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria, MAN, said yesterday, that the zone has lost its prime position in commerce and industry in the country, blaming it on difficult situation faced by traders in the area.

Chairman of Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi states branch of MAN, Dr Chike Obidigbo, who spoke in Onitsha during a familiarization visit to  Onitsha Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers Union, OPPMDU, regretted that traders in the zone had been subjected to various humiliations and sabotage by the country’s authorities.

According to him, lack of effective airport, sea ports and constant power supply in the zone has contributed to the woes of industrialists and traders in the zone.

He said: “Ndigbo used to be the greatest people in commerce and industry and Onitsha used to be the biggest and largest market in the West African sub-region, but today, it is no more and this is because of efforts by some people to hijack the fortunes of the people in the zone.

“Also, the lack of basic facilities like effective seaports for transportation of goods and services have also contributed very well to the dwindling fortunes of commerce and industry in South East.”

Obidigbo said that there is a need for the South East governors to intervene by bringing those in the production, distribution and commercial sectors together to work with the governments to change the situation, adding that if the economy picks up, there would be employment and rate of crime would reduce.

Chairman of OPPMDU , Mr. Emeka Ezeanyika lamented the ordeal of traders in the market which he said was caused by unavailable seaports and other basic facilities in the commercial city of Onitsha .

He said: “Traders in South East and Onitsha in particular had been exploited by government agencies in other zones of the federation. For instance, when one imports goods, he goes to Kano to clear them and it will take so much time and when you finally clear them, you will face another heavy exploitation from customs and police and all these things happen because we don’t have our own seaport or airport”

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