National Association of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), has called on the Federal Government to sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCTA) as it will help reposition the competitiveness of locally manufactured goods.
The immediate past President of the association Chief Iyalode Alaba Lawson, who disclosed this while speaking to Commerce and Industry Correspondents during the commissioning of Ide John C. Business Center at NACCIMA it National Head Quarters, noted that signing the agreement would make the local manufacturers to enhance their capacity utilisation.
She pointed out that it will further put the government on its toes, adding that such trade treaty will lead to the country to fixing and improving on the much needed infrastructure that are capable of global competitiveness.
Lawson maintained that when proper trade policies are put in place and judiciously enforced, that the country has nothing to be afraid of, stressing that it would only bring out the best from Nigeria.
The immediate past President regretted that unemployment rate is still high, saying that she launched an empowerment program ‘catch them young and teach them how to become an entrepreneur using their talents.’
“So I inaugurated them and put some of them in place of position to mentor them, to make sure they can use their talents, and we link them with some government agencies like the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), for capacity building, training, and workshops which brought out their talents, “she said.
Lawson disclosed that she opened Youth Entrepreneur Centre in 17 states which has trained and empowered over 50 thousand youth entrepreneurs.
“NACCIMA Export Promotion Group is doing extremely well to improve our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), you need to have very good strong export group that will obey the rules and regulations of each country, so that we can compete favourably all over the world” she said.