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By Mazi Odera
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Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), led by its National President, Chief Kola Jamodu has thanked Governor Obi for his interest in the manufacturing sector as could be seen for his assistance to the body and his unrelenting encouragement of local manufacturers through various ways, including routine meeting with them, provision of infrastructure to industrial areas and the patronage of local industries. He said this yesterday, when the body paid a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Government Lodge, Amawbia.

The President, who said they were in the State to commiserate with their members whose industries were affected by the recent flood, thanked the Governor for identifying with them at that critical time, including many visits to their factories at that time and other assistances that encouraged them. “For the first time, we are happy to note the interest a Governor has taken in the manufacturing sector. We note all the support between our local Chapter here in Anambra and the Government. They report to us the infrastructure provided at industrial areas and the routine meetings with them on how to expand our industrial base which your Excellency rightly believes is the key to development through provision of jobs. They also tell us how your government patronizes local industries. We thank you for all this and urge you not to relent,” he said.

Responding, the Governor regretted the State of infrastructure in the country. He said that those in governance should at least maintain the infrastructure they inherited if they could not improve on them. He said it was high time Nigerians realized that the economy of the country would not improve if the industrial base of the country was not expanded.

Obi said that something was wrong with an economy where the service sector record more profit that the manufacturing sector, insisting that real growth comes from manufacturing since it has the concomitant effect of creating jobs.

Emphasizing the place of industrialization, he said it was critical to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, since by creating jobs, it addresses the issue of poverty, among others.