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THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER – President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday expressed the belief that with  the measures put in place by his administration, especially the new  National Automotive Industry Policy; the country would soon be exporting  cars to other countries.
Jonathan spoke at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while granting  audience to a delegation of the business community from Anambra State  led by Governor Peter Obi.
In responding to an address by the delegation, the President said, “I  will refer all the issues you raised to the various departments of  government. We are totally committed to creating jobs. Nigeria is a  country with huge population of youths. If jobs are not created, there  will be crisis. The housing, agriculture and power sectors are also  receiving attention.
“In the next few years, Nigeria will begin to export cars to other  countries. We are encouraging the government to support local  manufacturers.”
Jonathan promised that the industrialists’ basic needs such as roads,  power and port facilities would be addressed appropriately.
He said if Nigeria must become great as expected by all, the Federal Government must industrialise the nation.
To this end, he said his administration would continue to encourage industrialists in the country.
“If any country will be great, we must industrialise. If Nigeria must  be a great country, we must industrialise. To this end, we will  continue to encourage industrialists in Anambra,” the President added.
He said his government was also devoting attention and resources to  the power sector because of its critical role in industrialisation.
Vice-President Namadi Sambo told the delegation that Jonathan had  recently approved $3.7bn to improve power transmission across the  country.
Obi had earlier told the President that the enterprising and  preserving nature of Anambra people made them well-positioned to assist  Jonathan to achieve his administration’s transformation agenda.
While declaring the support of the people of the state for Jonathan,  Obi said, “You have excess credit in your political account that these  people (members of the delegation) are ready to pay you when you need  it.”
The governor said he led the delegation to express their support for  the President and bring to his attention some of the industrialists’  collective, which if addressed, would help in anchoring the growth and  development of industry in the state.
Some of the needs, according to him, are the completion of the  330/132/33KV power substation at Nnewi; provision of uninterrupted power  supply in the Onitsha Harbour Industrial Area and Ozubulu Industrial  Hub; completion of the Nnamdi Azikwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi; and the  inclusion of Anambra State in the rail master plan.
Obi also made a case for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of  federal roads within the state such as the Oba-Nnewi-Okigwe Section 1,  Nnewi-Okija, start of Onitsha Second Niger Bridge, completion of the  Onitsha-Enugu dual carriageway and completion of the Umueze-Anam Kogi  road.
The governor also thanked the President for the inclusion of Nnewi in  the National Automotive Industry Policy of the Federal Government.
This, he said, would attract many ancillary industries, especially  with the coming on stream of the Ajaokuta Steel Plant, adding that the  local content in vehicle manufacturing in no time would increase from 40  per cent to 60 per cent.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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