As President Muhammadu Buhari constitutes a new Economic Advisory Council that will advise him on the nation’s economic growth, president of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has restated hope in Nigeria’s economic growth and overall development.
Dangote, who spoke as the chairman at the commissioning of the new Secretariat of the Chemical and Non-Metallic Products Employers Federation, described the move by the president as proactive and capable of improving the company’s economy.
“The constitution of the EAC is a proactive move, by putting together tested and respected patriots, who are independent and always ready to put the country’s interest first and ahead of themselves,” he said.
Africa’s richest man urged the Federal Government to take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen the economy and put the country on the path of growth and competitiveness, while calling on all stakeholders to work with government to revive the economy.
His words, “The government should continue to provide the enabling environment, which it had set out to do, so that the private sector would continue to thrive, as the way to go in the next level.”
While describing CANMPEF as the largest employer of labour, having members spread across many sectors, the foremost entrepreneur commended its leadership for achievements so far.
He also charged the leadership not to rest on its oars but to sustain the momentum in the overall benefit of the workers and members.
Dangote said his companies would continue to play their roles as leaders in their respective sectors, to take CANMPEF to the next level, inline with the present administration’s economic agenda.
The Minister of Industries, Trade and Investments, Chief Adeniyi Adebayo, said the government would continue to initiate the necessary policies that would propel the private sector to thrive as the drivers of the economy.
Represented by the Minister of State, Ambassador Mariam Katagum, the minister noted that the Federal Government was not unmindful of the challenges being faced by the private sector, adding that with the next level agenda, all obstacles would be tackled and the economy improved.
He explained that the Federal Government shared in the ideals of CANMPEF and urged all members to adhere strictly to the safety and environmental rules.
In his remarks, the president of CANMPEF, Mr Devakumar Edwin, said the new building was among the several steps being taken by CANMPEF leadership to have the right atmosphere to discharge its obligations to its members, workers and the government.
According to him, the federation plays critical roles in keeping members informed on the existing labour legislation and serve as a platform to protect the interest of member companies against any development in the macro-economic environment threatening business survival.
Edwin also said that the leadership of CANMPEF had been able to provide the platform for members to discuss and share experiences in the field of industrial relations, policy strategies, human resource and personnel management.