Chamber of Commerce urges S’East govs to develop seaports for economic growth

The of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (SECCIMA) has advocated greater synergy among the -East governors to develop the seaports and enhance the economy of the zone.

Mr John Udeagbala, President of SECCIMA, made the call at the investiture of Mr Humphrey Ngonadi as the new President of the in Nnewi, Anambra.

Udeagbala said that the development of seaports would not only boost the economy of the area but would attract foreign investors.

“The ports in the region, if developed, would be utilised to import and export goods at affordable rates, rather than going through the stress of seaport,” he said.

Udeagbala further urged the Federal Government to create an enabling environment to promote business growth and economic development across the country.

“We appeal to the federal government to provide Independent Power Project to power the business clusters in the region as it has done in Ariaria Market in Aba.

“We want gesture to be extended to other main markets and business clusters in other states of the region.

“We also appeal to the federal government to ensure that -East benefited from the on-going rail projects from Port Harcourt to the Northern region.

“And we also urge the federal government to develop the Enugu International Fair Complex like it did in and , ” he said.

Udeagbala congratulated Ngonadi on his as the new president of the and advised him to work with the southeast governors to fashion out viable economic policies that would accelerate development in the region.

He also urged the new leadership of the chamber to be the voice of the business community in the region.

Responding, Ngonadi to sustain the good legacies of the association bringing the city chambers in the zone together to establish a stronger organised private sector.

He to work with NACCIMA, other bilateral chambers of commerce in the country and global business associations for the advancement of the activities of the chamber.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ngonadi is the third president of the association. (NAN)