The Chairman of Senate Committee on Industries and former Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr Sam Egwu has flayed the present crop of South East Governors over their alleged poor concern for the development of the Enugu International Trade Fair permanent site.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 27th Enugu International Trade Fair, Dr Egwu said he was shocked to the marrow to have observed that none of the five South East Governors were physically present at the opening ceremony of the fair.
The Senator representing Ebonyi North wondered how the South-East Governors intend to attract private investors to the zone at this critical moment of the economy, where many other states are seeking for ways of diversifying their respective state’s economy.
Dr Egwu decried the poor state of facilities in the Enugu International Trade Fair Complex, describing the situation as disheartening.
The former Minister of Education said he was worried by the poor state of facilities at the permanent site of Enugu International Trade Fair complex.
Egwu however assured that he would work arduously with the Minister of Industries, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, in ensuring the accommodation of funds for the development of the trade fair site in the 2017 budget of the Federal Government.
“It is very disheartening that while the Federal government mapped out funds for the completion of the Lagos and Kaduna international trade fair complex sites, developmental efforts geared towards completion of the permanent site of the Enugu international trade fair complex has not received it’s deserved attention from the Federal government” Dr Egwu said.
He noted that except for the personal sacrifices of the management of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), the fair would have collapsed completely.
The Senator promised to lead a delegation of ECCIMA management to lay their complaint before the Minister of Industries, as a measure to ensure funds for the development of the permanent site of Enugu Trade Fair complex are accommodated in the 2017 budget.
Egwu said after presenting the budget to the Senate for appropriation, he will use his position as Chairman of Senate Committee on Industries, to ensure the allocation of enough funds that will enhance completion of the Trade Fair permanent site in Enugu.
He commended the theme of the 27th Enugu International trade fair, “Diversification of the Nation’s Economy; From Rhetorics to Coordinated action,” even as he insisted that the Five South East Governors are supposed to have featured in the planning and participation with ECCIMA, as a means of convincing the many entrepreneurs from the South East zone, whose investments are stationed outside the zone, that it is time to start thinking home.
Earlier in his opening speech, the President of ECCIMA, Rev. Ugo Chime described the non completion of the Trade fair complex site as an act of disparity against the South East zone.
Chime regretted that why the Kaduna and Lagos permanent trade fair complex have long being completed and serving in the promotion of economic interests of the Northern and Western parts of the country, the South East and South zones of the country, whose economic interests would be promoted by the existence of the Enugu trade fair permanent site were being denied same opportunity.
He urged the Federal Government to take immediate action in reversing the trend.