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LEADERSHIP’s Summit On Industrialisation Begins Thursday

Sam Nda-Isaiah , chairman of LEADERSHIP

*Chart course for state’s economic growth, social change

The much awaited Summit of Leadership Newspaper Group will hold on Thursday February 25, 2016, organizers of the event said.

This broad theme of this year’s edition of the Summit centres on “Industialisation in the States; which will critically focus on “Developing, Harnessing and Sustaining Indistrialisation Drive of state governments in Nigeria towards Ensuring Rapid Economic development”.

The event which is to hold at the Musa Yar’adua Centre Abuja, has the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo as Special Guest of Honor, while Governor Abdullahi Yari, will feature as the Summit Chairman. Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai is a Guest of Honor.
The 2-Day Conference will be chaired by Governors of Ogun and Edo States, Ibikunle Amosun and Adams Oshiomole accordingly.

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, is expected to lead other six respect business executives in presenting papers at the Summit, while 18 state governors would discuss the papers presentated during the event.

According to the organizers of the Summit, its theme was carefully chosen in line with the prevailing economic challenges facing country.

Mamagemet of LNG is of the view that since “The governments, at all levels, agree as one, that oil resources alone have become grossly inadequate if the nation must grow in a manner that will meet the aspirations of the people. When the price of crude oil was good, the governments had serious challenges in mobilising funds for their socio-economic development strategies. The situation now that the price has crumbled like cookies can only be imagined.

Leadership strongly feels “the world today is ruled by big ideas. The Leadership Conferences Limited, is founded on this understanding which by extension demonstrates vividly the view that government alone cannot do it all as far as national development is concerned. With the vision to be a leading and dominant platform for generating time- defining ideas that provide positive values to all stakeholders, Leadership Conferences also has the mission to embark on the route to societal change by harnessing available human resources, ideas and submission through personality engagement that help transform the world remarkably.

“So, it is for this reason and also as part of its commitment to developing, harnessing and sustaining the nation’s industrialisation drive, particularly at the state level, that the Leadership Conferences moved to generate these ideas, in the right quantity and quality, accompany them with plans, policy options and programmes that can guide the state governments as they grapple with the challenges of governance.

“As a corporate organisation, alive to its social responsibilities, Leadership Conference is determined not to count the cost as it forges ahead in its bid to assist in ensuring that the envisaged rapid economic development is realised in record time. Furthermore, this Summit and more to come are the Leadership Conference Limited’s contributions to the pool of ideas governments, especially at the federal level, urgently need as it powers the Change agenda.

“Hence a Summit that will provide a platform for understanding the issues, their practicability and relevance to industrialisation at that level of government. The critical factor here is to chart a way forward that will expand the thoughts and the horizon of the states and enable them to see the hitherto not thought of opportunities in the areas of industrial growth. The decision by Leadership Conferences to start this re-building process with the states is strategic given the fact that their activities touch the lives of the people in very significant ways.

“This Leadership Summit is designed to re-establish industrial growth in the states so as to give a boost to their revenue generation potentials, create the much desired employment for the teeming unemployed and in the process restore socio-economic security in those areas. In essence, it will provide an incubator for the fertilisation of investment ideas, create investment opportunities, expose same to industrialists, entrepreneurs and investors especially in the non-oil sector who will be expected to take business decisions geared towards exploring and exploiting available mineral resources in a mutually beneficial manner.

“Already, state governments are keying in to this novel intellectual process because of their belief that it may hold the answers to the challenges they face in industrialising their states. The Summit also is an avenue for policy makers in the public sphere to meet with their counterparts in the private sector, who actually are the target in this industrialisation drive.

“Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), captains of industry, local and foreign, Central and Deposit money banks as well as professionals are rearing to go as this much expected two day Summit is kicked off by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo himself on February 25.

“In the end, we are optimistic that the Summit will achieve its primary aim of generating usable and resourceful information such that windows of opportunities will be opened for entrepreneurs to gain access to the states for purposes of tapping into new and existing business areas, expanding them and thereby encourage rapid industrialisation with its innumerable positive fall-outs.”

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