(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called on manufacturers and Nigeria’s industrious youths to exploit the opportunities presented by the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) to create wealth and boost the country’s economy.
The governor gave this charge via a statement in which he lauded the takeoff of trading under the AfCFTA on the 1st of January 2021, calling it a milestone achievement in boosting Africa’s economy amidst the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and global economic challenges.
Obaseki that his administration will continue to assist local manufacturers and youths in the state with capacity building programmes, conducive work environment and other incentives to make them competitive and position them to reap maximum benefits from trading under the AfCFTA.
“We are encouraging creative young talents and local manufacturers in Edo State to tap from the offerings from the AfCFTA. We are expanding capacity at the Edo Production Centre and the Edo Innovation Hub so that we can build an army of productive young people to grab the opportunities offered. We have success stories from these facilities already. We have already initiated the Edo Tech Park project as another veritable launch pad. We are confident that these initiatives would empower our people to create wealth and employment opportunities to improve the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The governor pointed to the production and innovation hubs, nonstop power supply courtesy the Ossiomo Power Plant and a business friendly, as incentives for manufacturers in the state to benefit the most from the new trading agreement in Africa.