Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has called on states in the South East to key into the Federal Government’s plans on ease of doing business in order to develop the region economically.
The governor made the call at the South East Regional Stakeholders Forum on Ease of Doing Business held in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state.
He called on the region to leverage on its strength to ensure business development.
Governor Ikpeazu who called for quality products, made a case for the enforcement of all consumer protection guidelines. He maintained that though challenges of doing business abound, the South East must rise above them and ensure a friendly business environment.
“We must find a way to look at these issues and sort them out before we can achieve a good business environment,” he said.
The governor revealed that Asia was the first in Africa to have a technologically- driven health sector.
The Deputy Governor, Udeh Okochukwu, in his opening remarks, said the precarious state of the nation’s economy required the rejigging of Abia’s process and laws to create an enabling environment for private sector growth and involvement in massive economic and industrial development.
Also, Commissioner for Finance, Obinna Oriaku, in a keynote address, reiterated the state’s commitment to the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
He called on the South East to come together to ensure its support for the growth of SMEs across the region.