*As Labour Party presidential candidate says private sector critical to any government business
The Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, has said that organized private sector is critical to any government business hoping to make impact.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Saturday night at the South-South Business Summit, Obi said for any government to succeed it must partner with the organized private sector and must also create an enabling environment for domestic and foreign investors.
The highlight of the night was the emotion that engulfed the summit venue when a Senior Secondary 2 (SS2) schoolgirl Chizzy Ebube Balogun after listening to the LP Presidential candidate talk about creating a new and better Nigeria donated the sum of N100, 000 as her own contribution to him for a better Nigeria.
Obi told the egg heads of the business community in the oil city that he and his deputy ,Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmad, are coming from the private sector and understand clearly what is needed to drive private sector activities.
He noted that previous governments failed in the country because they ignored the components of business in governance and end up in sharing without production.
The former Anambra state Governor who identifies himself as a trader told his audience that the consumption to production mantra of his campaign is real as it’s the only way to drive the economy and attract foreign exchange for the country through exports.
It’s also through production that the people can be pulled out of poverty as youths in their productive age will be dutifully engaged and this will also impact on the
social sector because crimes and criminalities will reduce.
He assured the captains of industry at the summit that if elected he will create a conducive environment for investors to come and help in tapping the country’s rich natural potentials.
Obi also assured that he and his deputy see education as investment and will invest heavily in education and health because these two sectors differentiate the rich and poor countries.
The Presidential candidate did not forget to remind his audience that the coming election is existential one that requires that people vote for characters they can trust, characters that have antecedents and the verifiable background to rely on. He reiterated that the election is about competence and capacity not on sentiments of tribe or religion.