Felicitations have continued to pour in the direction of the Commerce & Industry Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CICAN) for foresight in its agenda setting programme for the incoming administration of Senator Bola Tinubu
The latest is from the managing director of Bullion Go-Neat Global limited, Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, who added that CICAN deserved commendation for its sustained advocacy reportage of the real sector over the years.
He said CICAN had nurtured generations of seasoned journalists who had gone on to play key roles in other aspects of the nation’s life, urging it to sustain the good work.
He said the association’s members’ reportage has recorded evidences of impact in terms of both infrastructure development and right fiscal policies.
Ajadi who was the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) gubernatorial flagbearer in Ogun State in the last election, urged the association not to relent in this direction but up the ante especially now that a new administration was about to be inaugurated.
“While I commend you for your contributions, I urge you to continue the good work.
“Whereas we entrepreneurs are committed to adding value to the economy through our range of products and services as well as employment generation, the issue of poor infrastructure continues to remain a nightmare.
“It is worsened by multiple taxation and harassment of genuine entrepreneurs by task forces across the different layers of government, this is a great disincentive to real sector development”, Ajadi said.
Nigeria at its level of development, he added, ought to have outgrown that.
He cited example with a recent visit to Tanzania where he said he was marvelled by reliability of electricity and the availability of public sector workers on their duty posts.
“It is amazing how this country has transformed its natural endowments for foreign exchange generation and boost in its international reputation.
“I can’t remember experiencing power outage throughout my stay.
“If Tanzania can do it, Nigeria can, and should, much more.
“This must be a critical item in the agenda CICAN must set today for the new government”, he said.
Ajadi also congratulated the CICAN leadership spearhead by Mr. Charles Okonji for upholding great journalistic ethiquettes, urging it not to lower its guards.
He also pledged continued collaboration with the association.