Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria Will Begin Exportation of Cars Soon - Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that with the new National Automotive Industry Policy introduced by his administration, the country will soon be exporting cars to other countries.

He noted that the policy must scale through as part of federal government's resolve to industrialise.

Jonathan spoke yesterday when a delegation of business community from Anambra State led by the state governor, Peter Obi visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He also assured that his administration would continue to encourage industrialists in the country.

He added that the federal government was also devoting attention and resources to the power sector because of its critical role in industrialisation.

Noting that this has become necessary if Nigeria must become great as expected by all, he said, "If any country will be great, we must industrialise. If Nigeria must be a great country, we must industrialise. To this end, we will continue to encourage industrialists in Anambra.

"I will refer all the issues you raised to the various departments of government. We are totally committed to creating jobs. Nigeria is a country with huge population of youths. If jobs are not created, there will be crisis. The housing, agriculture and power sectors are also receiving attention. In the next few years, Nigeria will begin to export cars to other countries. We are encouraging government to support local manufacturers".

Jonathan promised that industrialists' basic needs such as road, power and port would be addressed appropriately.

Also speaking, Vice President Namadi Sambo said the president had not long ago approved $3.7 billion to improve power transmission across the country.

On his part, Governor Obi told the president earlier that the enterprising and preserving nature of Anambra people make them well-positioned to assist the President in the achievement of his administration's transformation agenda.

Declaring Anambra's support for Jonathan, the governor said, "You have excess credit in your political account that these people (members of the delegation) are ready to pay you when you need it", adding that he led the delegation to express their support for the President and bring to his attention some of their collective needs which if addressed will help in anchoring the growth and development of industry in the state.

He listed some of the needs to include the completion of the 330/132/33KV power substation at Nnewi, provision of uninterrupted power supply in the Onitsha Harbour Industrial Area and Ozubulu Industrial Hub, completion of Nnamdi Azikwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi and the inclusion of Anambra State in the rail master plan.

He appealed to Jonathan to assist in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of federal roads within the state such as Oba-Nnewi-Okigwe Section 1, Nnewi-Okija, start of Onitsha Second Niger Bridge, completion of the Onitsha-Enugu Dual Carriageway and completion of Umueze-Anam Kogi Roads.

Thanking the president for the inclusion of Nnewi in the National Automotive Industry Policy of the Federal Government, Obi observed that it would attract many ancillary industries especially with the coming on stream of the Ajaokuta Steel Plant.

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