Atiku promises to decongest Lagos port,
revive Onne, Calabar ports
* Says S’East critical stakeholder in Nigerian economy
By Steve Oko
Former Vice President and the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, said he would decongest Lagos port and revive Onne and Calabar sea ports if voted into power next year.
Atiku also described the people of South East as the “engine house ” and critical stakeholders of the Nigerian economy.
He made the submission while addressing Aba business community Tuesday at Aba Sports Club.
Atiku noted that he decided to have audience with the Aba business community so as to better understand their challenges with a view to tackling them as soon as he gets to power in 2019.
The former Vice President who was in Aba with his running mate, Peter Obi; PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus and others said South Easterners had remained key players in the Nigeria economic sector as they dominate business activities in major Nigerian cities.
Atiku said Ndigbo as key players need to be carried along in any discussion about economy, hence his decision to interact with the Aba business community.
” When it comes to business you can’t do without the South Easterners. When you go to Lagos port you find them , when you go to Kano you find them, every where you go they dominate.
” So, if you want to know the pulse of the business community you must go to South East “.
Atiku promised to decongest the Lagos Port and make Onne and Calabar ports functional as soon as he gets to power.
This he said would reduce the cost of business and lessen the plights of traders from South Eastern zone and its environs.
” I know and feel your pains because I am also a business man and a manufacturer “.
Atiku particularly promised to make the Aba dry port functional if voted into office, saying the idea of dry ports was first introduced by the PDP government.
He said the Nigerian ports are in poor state today because ” nobody in the current administration of APC has the understanding of the workings of ports “.
Atiku also promised to create new jobs through massive support to Small and Medium Enterprises ( SMEs).
He also promised to support the establishment of free trade zones provided they would not hurt the sovereignty of Nigeria.
” A free trade Africa will give Nigeria the opportunity to dominate the Africa market “, Atiku said.
He solicited the support of Aba business community for his presidential bid, saying he is in the race to “retire Buhari “.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.