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Jo"'ederal Goverrunent as requested automobile Ollllilallies to Olme up with a ProllOSal on the establishment of more assembly plants in the C01U1tr)1: Minister of State for 1'rade wKllnvestment, Mr. Samu· elOnom, who stated this in Ab$ at the opening of the 14th edition of Abuja motor show. also the govenunent was ready to suppon the project for the development of the local auto industr)t He said the OOWltry couJd noc continue to be an Imponer 0( all mrumer cL vehicles. adding that the National Automotive Policy was recently put together to ac· celerate tile development or the sector and stressed that the estabJishnlent ar local assembly plants was pan 0( Its objectives. He said ''The thrust of the National AutomofM! Policy is to ensw-e the sur· vlval, growth and development of the Nigerian automotive Industry using local and tntemaUonaJ hu· man and material resources: this is with a view to enhancing the industry'S rontribunon to the

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UdohchalJengcd the antagOnists u the new policy to rather ponder on the t:ieneHts d the automation, which he highlighted as; trallSpa,r.encx aooxmtabilitY and prol,Jlt}: saying, that "woe obviously cannot

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he UN General Assembly has said It would strengthen partnership with Aftican countries to advance the continent's economic growth, development and participation in the global economy:. The President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremie stated thts 00 his opening remark at the Assembly's discussion of tho world body's engagement with Ule New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) in New York on Wcdn~ The NEPAD initiative of the African Union (AU) was adopted in 21101. with the continent's leaders pledging to pursue new priorities and approaches for and soclo-eeonomlc

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FG asked to harness food processing, cement production potential

UN, African countries tasked to advance economic growth In global economy transformation of Africa. The programme is intended to accelerate Africans' efforts to extricate the continent from underdevelopment and exclusion from the global economy:. Jeremic said that to ensure Africa's development was a strategic task for the entire UNa· lions system and bridge the gap between the promise of Africa and the reality on the ground ., believe the UN must continue to give priority to the cootinent's singular needs. "The UN's a&eocles, programmes and entities need to be engaged as never before in the task of supporting African na· tions to unlock their potentlal." Jeremic said that a number of African countries were the hard· est-hit victims of the global eronomic , and rates

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above wiftD.n automation. He emphasized that antral)' to the widely hE!1d opinion by the union IeadIn that the a:uttmatlon \\OOld lead 10 loss d" jobs. lk.kJh assured that no worker of the ageocy would lose his or herjob because or the new system. The aUlCllllatlon. he stressed. 1MlUld not drain NAM.A:s purse, just as he likmed the aul:clJlation M

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n industrialist, Chief Ndukwe Iko, on Thurs· day advised the Feder- Over the past years, and investment have 0Ij....""1.I al Government to take steps to harness the potential in food the continentaJ-wide processing and cement promarltet has been bullt macro-economic IndU""OIcs ''''"~ duction in the country. Iko, the Managing Direc· tmprovec1 tor of a Lagos·based indus-""Is pro...... Is trW installation and building and unprecedented. Yet firm, Tusk International Ltd., more needs to be done in a made the call in Umuahla in her of area5an interview with the News ··Solutions must be found Agency of Nigeria (NAN). how to lessen the dliT"...", He said that more than 20 living standards between million jobs would be creban and rurnI populations. ated if the resources in the addressing the increasing food proceSSing and cement parities amongst production sectors were hareconomies." nessed. JeremJc said that to be ··Nlgerians produce sufficient food but due to inad· equate investment, most of these foods rot away yearly.

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"We also have commereiai deposits of limestone in states like Benue, Kogi, Abla, Ebonyl and Enugu. What is nreded now is the political wiD to eJ· ploit the resources," he said. Iko said that althoU!;h government was -privatising its business concerns, it was still Its responslbUfty to provide suitable environment for invesbnent. " In most developed nations, government provides incentives for investors because tbat is the only to attract huge investment into the local economy," he said. lko said that if government encouraged massive investment In cement production. the living standard of the avo erage Nigerians would be up· lifted.


NATIONAL MIRROR, 19 OCTOBER, 2012