As the Lagos State Government intensified preparations for 2021 edition of Ehingbeti, the Organised Private Sector (OPS) has re-affirmed its commitment to continuously use its platform as communication channel to set developmental agenda for the state.
The OPS, while declaring their full support for the summit designed chart solutions to further development for Lagos, stressed the need for government to focus on infrastructural development, job creation, waste management and social issues.
Other areas listed for government’s consideration by the OPS are investment in technology and innovation, security, while government was also advised to enable the large population of entrepreneurial youth domiciled in the state to take advantage of their skills and talents.
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ikeja branch, Francis Meshioye, who spoke on the Lagos Economic Summit holding between February 16 to 18th, stated that there was need for the government to assist the entrepreneurs in employment provision.
Speaking at the pre-summit stakeholders’ conference, Meshioye, said: “The government should match manpower development with available needs to create room for employment.
“There are many companies domiciled in Lagos and if the growth of industrialists is eroded, it will affect the economy and gross domestic product of the country at large.
“Lagos needs more industrial clusters to become the desired economic hub, and for it become this, government should create viable links to channel goods from one cluster to another”, Meshioye added.
Earlier, the Director-General, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Ayoola Olukanni, said attention needs to be focused on municipal solid waste.
Olukanni, who expressed support for the summit, said Lagos State was still struggling with issues of waste management, which if not tackled could become a disaster. According to him, there is a national policy on waste management, waste to energy, and wealth, which should be one of the studies at the summit.
With some of the issues for discussion listed, speakers from across the globe are ready to share useful insights and speak candidly to the issues that will advance socio-economic development of Lagos State. Speakers that will grace the 3-day conference include Helen Grant, UK Trade Envoy to Nigeria, Jordi Borrut Bel, Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries, Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Yemi Candide-Johnson, SAN, Strachan Partners and other notable private sector leaders.