PARIS, FEBRUARY 17, 2016: (DGW) - Senator Stella Obua representing Anambra North has again called for the establishment of an inland terminal in Onitsha, Anambra State to bring about to facilitate trade and commerce and bring about the development of the Nigerian economy.
While leading a delegation of the South East Almagamated Market Traders' Association, (SEAWMATA) to the Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki, Senator Odua reiterated the urgent need for the establishment of an Inland Container Terminal in order to boost the Nigerian economy.
This is contained in a statement issued by the press secretary Cynthia Ferdinand to Senator Odua;
"There is indeed a great need to establish an inland container terminal in Onitsha considering the volume of trade ongoing on a daily basis, this will enhance production, boost the nations economy and revolutionalize the South East.
"Onitsha, asides being a commercial hub is also strategically located by the Niger Bridge this will ensure industrial layout and advocacy for industrial revolution starting with cottage industries and micro financ to drive them.
"We can create many Innossons from South East and beyond if enabling laws are enacted and if the senate can do this in an accelerated manner." Oduah added.
Dr. Okey Ezewankwo the association's chairman thanked the leadership of the 8th senate and expressed concern with the dwindling economy which he said has adversely affected business in the south-east.
His words, "We are following with keen interest the ingenuity which you have brought into the leadership of the 8th Senate which has helped in no small measure to bring stability in the democratic process we are enjoying today.
"The difficult economic challenges facing the world in general and our nation in particular has direct implications on us as buyers and sellers, this difficulty will send over 70% of the trading population into the labour market if nothing urgent is done to checkmate the situation.
"These challenges include; Sourcing of Foreign Exchange , SUNCAP, the 10,000 dollar of what one can take accross our boarders, we most passionately appeal to you to restore hope to families through setting fixed exchange rate for the Naira rather than leaving it at the mercy of market forces.''