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Ex-NACCIMA President Seeks Private, Government Partnership To Promote SMEs

Ex-NACCIMA President, Mrs. Alaba Lawson

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - The immediate past President, Nigeria Chambers of Commerce Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Mrs. Alaba Lawson  has called on private sector to as a matter of necessity partner with the both state and federal governments to tackle the economic challenges rocking the country.

Mrs. Lawson made the call on Sunday while speaking to journalists at the sideline of her Thanksgiving Service held at the Cathedral of St. Peter's Church, Ake, Abeokuta, Ogun State to draw the curtain on her reign as the first NACCIMA female president in Nigeria.

The Ex-NACCIMA boss urged government at all levels to enable Small Scale businesses get loans at a single digit interest rates. 

She noted that, the single digit interest loan would enable the SMEs payback in time and also boost the economy.

"What the state and federal governments need to do is to ensure that the SMEs are helped with single digit loans so that the problems of not being able to pay it back will not happen. And when they get the single digit loans, they will be able to pump it into their businesses and get a good results.

"The organised private sector should also support the government in the fight to surmount economic challenges in the country".

Lawson who doubles as the Iyalode of Yorubaland, also used the occasion to set agenda for President Muhammadu Buhari's second term, urging him to partner with the private sector to ensure there is significant economic growth.

"I think we need to work hard and to move our economy to the next level. Our economy is at the lowest step now, but we can all work together as a team. It is only team work, the government can't do it alone. The organized privTe sectors have to perform their own function and they have to do it well".

Meanwhile, the Provost of Cathedral of St. Peter Church in Abeokuta, Revd. Adeniji, has challenged political leaders in the country to use their leadership position to promote the goodwill of the society, stressing that they (leader) would give account of their work.

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