Nigeria has consistently played lip service to industrial development. We virtually import everything from toothpick to match stick and have consistently frittered away our foreign exchange earnings from oil which has been the main stay of our economy.
With the continuous fall in oil price, manufacturing remains the only strategy to upscale and to obtain at home what we usually import.
As government, we shall develop and adopt the Anambra State Industrial Development Strategy (ASIDS). The core of the strategy shall be to identify areas of comparative advantage and to concentrate on them. To this end, Government shall synergize and support the private sector in the production of selected items we shall deliberately decide to concentrate on. While not forgetting other areas, special emphasis shall be placed on, but not limited to the following items as our special contribution to the growth of the national economy. These are:
a. Food and Food products – including salt, sugar, vegetable oil, Palmoil and oil seed production, vegetables and vegetable products, Fruits and fruit juices, milk production, fishing and fishery products, beer and liquor. We shall pursue self-sufficiency in food production in Anambra State leveraging on available raw materials within the state and from other Nigerian states where such materials are in abundance and wasting.
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b. Clothing – This includes assorted textiles, footwears, bags etc. Our ability to produce our textiles , design and sew them into clothes, design and manufacture footwears for local use and export purposes, shall give us greater economic advantage.
c. Shelter (Building Materials) – Varying types of Cement, Aluminum sheets, other roofing sheets and materials, doors and windows, pipes and other mechanical equipment, furniture, sanitary wares, tiles, crockery, other household utensils etc. We will mass produce houses with our local building materials. These houses will be built to acceptable standards.
d. Car and Motorcycle Manufacturing – We shall synergize the automotive sector and draw more investments into that sector. We will support and greatly patronize the existing facilities in the State as well as other similar manufacturers, Assembly plants, spare parts fabricators, motorcycle parts manufacturers, to make sure that Anambra State is the major hub for car production in Nigeria. We will support and catalyze the development of the Federal government-owned Nnewi Automotive Industrial Park in Akwa Ihedi.
e. ICT and Digital Transformation – We shall make Anambra state to be a top exporter of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and transform even those youths drawn to cyber frauds (Yahoo Yahoo) to innovators and incubators of ideas. They are to trained to prepare IT strategies, develop software and applications, perform management tasks and manage processes etc. The Start-Up Anambra which shall create 5000 start-up clusters in 4 years will build our youths into entrepreneurs and wealth creators and make them to be the enablers, innovators, achievers and leaders in pushing the state’s development and transition towards a world-class digital economy.
We shall establish the Anambra State Industrial Development Centre to promote research, develop templates, build molds, design machineries and component parts and act as incubation and handsome centres for young technicians, technologist, engineers and industrialists.
We shall among other things:
a. Regularly recruit trainees and incubates who are graduates of different institutions for handsome training within the facility.
b. Create high grade moulds especially plastic and ceramic moulds, production components, templates etc for use by industrialists to mass produce goods in their facilities. This will speed up development in the industry.
c. Fabricate machines and equipment locally to be used by industries within the State in order to reduce our dependence on imported machines and spare parts.
d. Provide extension services to MSMEs in such areas as project approval, fund sourcing etc.
(To be concluded in Part 2)
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