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Monday, 3 October 2016

X-raying the current Nigeria's economic challenges & foreign policy, prospects & solutions - Chima Anyaso

This took place at the Gateway Art Center, New York, United States. Keynote Speech by Chimaobi Desmond Anyaso (CDA)
Your Excellence, Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, Prof Pat Utomi, prof Kingsley Moghalu. All Nigerian present here, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, all protocols observed. My name is Chima Anyaso, am the MD/CEO CEECON Energy Oil and Gas Limited, am also the owner and founder of Le Paris Continental Hotel Lagos Nigeria and the South East Regional Chairman of Nigerian Young Professionals Forum.
I begin with a quote from a famed 19th century author and social reformer, Frederick Douglass. He said and I quote: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress”.
It should be noted that under President Buhari’s watch, Nigeria’s foreign policy has regained its traditional vibrancy, vigour and commitment. Not only have we reclaimed our pride of place and leadership on the continent and beyond, we have also successfully secured foreign policy actions to the achievement of domestic priority drivers.
President Muhammodu Buhari has the arduous task of ensuring that in managing Nigeria’s affairs, he strikes the right balance between the domestic scene that is characterised by countless challenges and what some forecasters may call internal paradoxes, and an external environment that is competitive, dynamic, fluid and volatile at the same time.
With the Nigerian economy in recession, support for small and medium businesses could be one of the key ingredients to carrying the country through these tough times. Yet Nigerian businesses and entrepreneurs are creative and resilient – and could play an instrumental role in lifting the economy out of recession, given the right support and business environment…Nigerian entrepreneurs and business owners are the engines that drive the country’s economy. Supporting them should become a priority for the government.
It is important that government and other stakeholders listen to entrepreneurs’ concerns as we seek to grow and contribute to the economy. We on the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, have embraced the responsibility of helping to amplify the voice of Small and Medium businesses, because we understand the challenges entrepreneurs of these businesses face in such times as we also are in the quagmire together. With the recession hitting hard, Small and Medium Businesses face the reality that consumers won’t have as much money to spend; while investors and business partners will reduce investment. Given that Nigeria has an estimated 37 million micro, small, and medium-size enterprises making a significant contribution to the Gross Domestic Product and employment - this sector should be treated as an economic priority.
It is our belief that the present economic climate precipitates on the Government to come up with a realistic economic plan of diversification, reforms in the civil service, local and state levels, budgets streamlining by the National Assemblies and the central government being judicious and transparent in its dealing with the states. I also employ the citizens especially the youths not to loose hope; but rather, be very flexible, focused and resolute.
Bearing this in mind however, if the dramatis personae do not play their parts in this unfolding drama, no one can do so, not even God will come down and play the human parts or roles for us. These industries are very pivotal if Nigeria is to relate effectively with the world, and Government needs to rapidly apply solid solutions to liberate the nation from its current recession through the following suggestive ideas:

Let’schange our thoughts, and together, we can build a New Nigeria!
Recovery of Nigeria’s over 100 Billion Dollars which the country has abroad and with bailed-out local banks; and do not borrow Cut Security Vote both at the federal level and at state levels Lower interest rates and promote small businesses because they are employers of 80% of labour force. As small businesses are being killed, there will continue to be mass unemployment, less purchase power and economic recession Promote and standardize “Made in Nigeria”. This must be more than just a slogan Don’t think strength of the Naira - think strength of the people. When the people are strong, the Naira will get strong Strengthen and decentralize the Police Force. The fastest and best solution to the continuous breakdown of law and order is a stronger and local Police Find a Vision for Nigeria, so Nigerians are made cognisant of this Vision for the future of the nation
I end this discourse with yet another quote from one of the finest leaders the world has produced - President Barack Obama. He said and I quote: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time we are the one’s we’ve been waiting for, we are the change that we seek!”
This quotation becomes necessary when we consider the present economic situation coupled with the Change mantra which citizens hold on to, that brought the APC led government into power.
Let’s change our thoughts, and together, we can build a New Nigeria!
Thank you and God bless Nigeria.
Chimaobi D Anyaso CDA

28 comments:

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Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Ok

livingstone chibuike said...

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ike manuel said...

The article is quite Commendable

Na me talk am!

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vinna saviour said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

He's tired of uploading cheesy pictures on Instagram yeah?

Bobby K. said...

Good write up but that guy skipped important issue like critical social infrastructure such as Power stability which is the operatinal engine room of any form of SME.

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wil said...

Sharp dude.

Anonymous said...

Did he write this him self? Hmm

Anonymous said...

Zalas Father

Henry Ifeanyi Ochuba said...

A well thought speech by the honorable young business mogul, Chima Desmond Anyanso...our country need young and dynamic leaders like you to take our country to greater heights. Welldone!

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

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Juliet Iwuno said...

Well said! Linda take note!

Odibe Blessing said...

Seen

Anonymous said...

You made valid points hope they will implement it. ...

Vivian Reginalds said...

Hunky Chima
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Anonymous said...

Scattered and very confusing piece, please get back to school

Eleojo Blessing said...

Good to know

Eze Igbo said...

It will be unfortunate for any Nigerian to still believe that Buhari is actually fighting corruption. Firstly, a lot of people around him are known to be deeply corrupt yet he doesn't go after them.
Secondly, the 2016 national budget is 6 trillion naira, 4 trillion has been supposedly recovered as stolen funds add that to an estimated revenue of over 3 trillion. That is 7 trillion naira, even more than we need to finance the budget. Why then are we borrowing??? Why does the naira keep plunging??? Why should we be in a recession???

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Thank you very much,very scattered

HD said...

Well said. Hmm but I doubt if Chima wrote this by himself. Nice Schemming

Anonymous said...

Well written. My attention was brought to this now, this guy is tolling the right path.I commend him.

Anonymous said...

quite commendable. I read through all though I don't like him but I love this speech. Hands up Chima.

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