Stakeholders in the Commerce and Industry sector, have pledged to support the Commerce and Industry Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CICAN), in changing the narrative in the market place.
This was made known by Industry Stakeholders on Thursday, at the CICAN 2018 Stakeholders Conference/ Launch of Compendium in Abuja.
Speaking at the Conference, the Director General, Consumer Protection Council(CPC), Babatunde Irukera, said that the Council is changing a number of things particularly regarding narrative about what goes on in the market place.
Irukera who was represented by the Director, Public Relations, Abiodun Obimuyiwa, noted also that the media has been a supportive partner and a good stakeholder to the Commission.
“Yes, we share your narrative, we share the fact that things must change in this country, we must all be involved. we believe that media has been a supportive partner, a good stakeholder to us.
“We assure you that we will continue to work with you, and partner with you to make sure that the market place gets better and to ensure that millions of Nigerian consumers get that rightful position of kingship that they deserve” he remarked.
He further congratulated members of the Commerce and Industry Association for the laudable initiative and the launch of the Compendium.
Also speaking, the Managing Director,Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority(NEPZA), Hon. Emmanuel Jime, stated that CICAN is very critical to its operations, adding that the NEPZA media department is not where it ought to have been, but it is better late than never.
Jime who was represented by the Head, Corporate Communications, Simon Imobo-Tswam, disclosed that in line with its mandate, NEPZA has so far licensed 38 free trade zones spread across the country with two of them being public zones, that is calabar and kano and of the 38 free trade zones, about 15 of them at the moment are fully functional, with the rest still under construction.
“With 38 free trade zones and well over 300 licenced free trade enterprises NEPZA has attracted over N80 billion into the nations economy since inception and contributed over 60% of the entire foreign investments that nigeria attracts.
“NEPZA has attracted over 15 billion FDI into the country in some of the licensed free trade zones” he noted.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Chairman CICAN, Frederick Idehai, stated that the new Executive is trying to turn the narrative of how journalism should be.
According to Idehai, “CICAN is a group of respectable journalists that cover the commerce and industry sector, and the focus of CICAN is to see how to contribute its quarter to the development of the nation”.
While noting that Nigeria’s Foreign Direct Investment has nosedived, he questioned why investors are leaving the country and added that CICAN is out to get answers to these questions so as to advise the government properly through its writings.
“The dream is that of building the nation, putting our hands together to take the country to greater heights, CICAN will be agenda setters for the government”, he ended.
High point of the event was the launch of the CICAN Compendium on Industry, Trade and Investments.