Ben Ezechime, Enugu
Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has emphasised the need to foster strong collaborations between the public and private sectors to achieve sustainable growth.
The governor made the call during the 50th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), in Enugu.
According to Mbah: “We must work hand in hand,leveraging investments, supporting entrepreneurship and promoting the growth of our local businesses.
“By doing so, we can position Enugu State as a leading economic powerhouse,attracting both domestic and international investors.”
Mbah, represented by the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Agro Industrialisation, Mr Patrick Ubru, noted that businesses and industries operated in a rapidly evolving global economy where technological advancements and sustainability played a pivotal roles.
The governor said it was imperative that they adapted and embraced technological innovation and foster a culture of creativity within the industries and businesses.
He explained that AGM offered an opportunity to reflect on challenges and opportunities that lay ahead, adding that the gathering showed their unwavering commitment towards promoting economic growth.
Earlier in a welcome address, ECCIMA President, Mr Jasper Nduagwuike, thanked God for the opportunity given to him to serve the chamber and humanity.
He commended Mbah for the relationship the chamber was enjoying with his government, and advocated on way forward on issues like taxes and business environment policies that affected the organised private sector in the state.
Nduagwuike stated that the 50th AGM was his second and the last of stewardship as the president of the chamber.
“We shall be electing a new president and executive members during the business section of this AGM.
“In my acceptance speech when I was elected as the president of this chamber, I am committed to relevance, visibility and excellence and by grace of God, our commitment have been achieved.
“The Council under our leadership has strengthened membership commitment through the provision of value and today we take a step further in launching of new membership certificate,” he said.
He also requested Mbah to inaugurate the newly built ECCIMA Canteen.