Prof Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr, Convener CountryFirst Movement and member of the Obi/Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation, has said Peter Obi, when elected into office as president will ensure that the policies and procedures regarding the ease of doing business is functional and not a mere normative often hyped on paper.
Nwaokobia made the statement during a paper presentation at a seminar organised by the Obi/Datti Campaign Organisation leaders of markets and businesses in the federal capital territory, Abuja.
He further stated that Peter Obi comes to the table with amazing score in competency, in capacity, in credibility, in integrity, in passion, in humaneness and humanity, in believability.
He said Peter Obi is a successful business man and a foremost trader.
The impact of a Peter Obi Presidency on Business and Trade will therefore be monstrous, magnificent and huge.
The statement reads further: ”Peter Obi understands the language of business and trade. He will ensure that under his watch there will be no wanton and reckless policy summersaults inimical to business and trade. He will ensure that Government Agencies involved with the regulation, monitoring and enforcement of Business and Trade policies are effective, fair, just, efficient, effectual and honest.
“He will ensure that critical infrastructure key to business growth and key to trade development are constructed, and that the available ones are maintained. Such critical infrastructure like Power, Roads and the Rail network will like Peter Obi has always said attract the prime attention of government. And this will booster business and trade.
“He will ensure that the policies and procedures regarding the ease of doing business is functional and not a mere normative often hyped on paper. He will ensure that businesses and trade are supported having pronounced that his Government will turn the nation and it’s economy around by making Nigeria production based. Indeed a Productive economy will open great Business and Trade frontiers locally and internationally.
“Not only is the ‘Production above Consumption’ agenda profound, it will drive commerce and engender boisterous trade and business, and it will inspire massive improvement in the standard of living of the average person.
“A government that comes to power through the humongous goodwill of the people as evident in the ObiDatti Movement across the nation is most likely going to win the war against insecurity, and pursue far-reaching economic policy rework. It goes without saying therefore that the Agricultural sector will come back alive, that commerce and industry will thrive, and that foreign direct investment will soar, and most definitely it will lead to a boom in Business and Trade.
“With improvement in the security of the nation will come a new lease of life for business in Nigeria. And clearly with Peter Obi as the next Commander-in-Chief of Federal Republic of Nigeria God willing will come a resurgence in the Agricultural sector, and improvement in food sufficiency, in Agri-business and in the growth of agro-allied companies, industries and businesses.
“A Peter Obi Presidency will network with the World Trade Organisation presently headed by a Nigerian Prof Ngozi Okonjo Iweala for the purposes of improving on the nation’s balance of Trade and Investment. And shall most definitely restore investor confidence in Nigeria.
“When Peter Obi becomes President come May 2023, an administration that gives primacy to fiscal discipline and responsible financial protocol will be in place. That government will review the many levies and taxes that stifle growth in business and trade. That government will ensure that the Central Bank, The Bank of Industry, and all government owned Financial Institutions that should support Trade and Business live true to their brief. And the government will regulate Business and Trade through policies that work for positive growth and progress.
“A Peter Obi Presidency shall benefit from the monstrous international goodwill that attends his candidacy, and this will translate to massive foreign direct investment because the international community is keen on doing business with Nigeria, and the credibility and believability of the government in place will go a long way to improving local and international business and trade. Indeed we can comfortably make huge conjectures that a Peter Obi Presidency shall make Nigeria the hub of trade and investment in Africa.”