“WE have invited the Ghana President because of the growth we have seen in the Ghana economy. He is not going to teach us how to develop our industries or how to improve our manufacturing processes rather; we are going to share ideas and experiences with him.”
Dr. Frank Jacobs, President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), told journalists yesterday at a Press Briefing on the forthcoming 46th Annual General Meeting of the Association September 26-27, in Lagos.
“His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to attend the event which has this theme, ‘Mainstreaming Policies to Catalyze Industrial Renaissance,’ as the Special Guest of Honour while His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President, Republic of Ghana will be the Distinguished Guest Speaker,” said Jacobs.
From left: Ghana President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
And Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari.
“The choice of our Speaker was based on his antecedents: “His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a multi-disciplinary personality: a teacher; an economist; a lawyer; a technocrat; a diplomat; a linguist; a philanthropist; and a human rights activist. He has meritoriously served his country in numerous high-level capacities before he was elected President in 2017.
“From 2001 to 2007, he served as a Cabinet Minister, first as Attorney-General and Minister of Justice for two years. He ensured the repeal of the Criminal Libel Law of Ghana that was used to shut down public opinions.
“Afterwards, he served as Foreign Minister of Ghana for five years. No doubt, the policy directions of His Excellency since assumption of office as President have positively impacted on the performance of the Ghanaian economy.
“The output of the Ghanaian economy grew by 4.0% in 2014; 3.9% in 2015; 3.6% in 2016; and 8.5% in 2017,” he said.
Segun Ajayi-Kadir, Director-General of MAN, added: “We want to feel what is happening to manufacturing sector in other Africa countries; so, we didn’t go to Europe to bring speaker.”