Stakeholders who converged during the maiden edition of the virtual roundtable discussion organised by the Collective Interest Group, Abia (CIGA),
have added their voices and contributions to how Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State, can become an economic hub.
The virtual roundtable with the theme: “Aba the Economic Giant: Making it Happen”, held on July 15, had business experts, professionals and media stakeholders as panelists.
They include the former president of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and founder, Neimeth PLC, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, the President of NACCIMA, Ide John Udeagbala, Founder/CEO of Innovation Growth Hub, Aba, Daniel Chigozie and Dr. Max Nduaguibe, a lawyer and a politician.
Others include Mr. Kelvin Madu, PZ Manager, Aba, Paddy Anyatonwu, a prolific writer and Director General of Abia Mass Mobilisation Agency, Mr. Emeka Anaeto, Group Business Editor, Vanguard Newspaper and Oba Victor Obayagbona, Senior Editorial member and Business/News Editor, BusinessDay. The panel also had Adline Okere of the BBC as moderator.
Ohuabunwa, the panel chairman, said Aba has what it takes to become an industrial estate and if well harnessed, can become the pride of Africa and the world.
Mr. Kelvin Madu, the PZ manager, Aba said in the 70s and 80s, Aba was a good site as the Japan of Africa, with business categories including trading, design, leather work, commercialisation and vocational skill.
He said for Aba to become an economic hub, there must be a plan to overhaul the road network infrastructure.
Udeaagbala said the state government should intensify efforts in Ease of Doing Business (EoB) by creating an enabling environment that would make business in the state, especially in Aba, seamless.