As preparation for Ehingbeti, the Lagos Economic Summit, scheduled for February 16-18, 2021 enters top gear, with the Organised Private Sector (OPS) re-affirming their commitment to continue deploying the platform as a channel to set the developmental agenda of the State.
Recall that at a recent stakeholders’ conference, a gathering of key private sector operators in Nigeria for the upcoming summit, participants were unanimous on the need for the Lagos State government to focus on infrastructural development, job creation, waste management and social issues.
Other priority areas identified as worthy of attention include investment in technology and innovation, security, while government was also advised to enable the large population of entrepreneurial youth in the state to take advantage of their skills and talents.
“The government should match manpower development with available needs to create room for employment,” said Otunba Francis Meshioye, Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ikeja branch at the stakeholders’ conference.
He said “there are many companies domiciled in Lagos. If the growth of industrialists is eroded, it will affect the economy and gross domestic product of the country at large.
“Lagos needs more industrial clusters to become the desired economic hub, adding that government should create viable links to channel goods from one cluster to another,” Meshioye concluded.
Earlier, the Director-General, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, urged the state to focus attention on municipal solid waste.
Olukanni, while expressing support for the summit, lamented the fact that Lagos State is still struggling with issues of waste management, which if not tackled could become a disaster.
According to him, there is a national policy on waste management, waste to energy, and wealth, which should be one of the studies at the summit.
With some of the issues for discussion listed, speakers from across the globe, according to statement by the organizers, have been assembled to share useful insights and speak to the issues that will advance the socio-economic development of Lagos State.
Speakers expected at the three-day conference include Helen Grant, UK Trade Envoy to Nigeria; Jordi Borrut Bel, Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries; Oscar Onyema, Chief Executive of the Nigerian Stock Exchange; Yemi Candide-Johnson, Strachan Partners; among other notable private sector leaders.