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Reps solicit one industry in each state

The House of Representatives in Abuja on Thursday called on the Federal Government to build one “strategic” industry in each state of the federation.

The resolution followed a motion by Rep. Micah Umoh (PDP-Akwa Ibom), which was adopted by the house when put to vote by the Speaker, Malam Aminu Tambuwal.

The motion was entitled: “Checking the reoccurrence of recent national disaster of job seekers in Nigeria by taking deliberate action toward job creation and industralisation.”

Umoh had earlier, bemoaned the immigration recruitment tragedy and blamed the “hydra-headed scourge of unemployment’’ as being responsible for the incident.

He expressed concern that in spite of the current efforts by the Federal Government to create jobs, the turnover of thousands of graduates had “miniaturised”all the efforts of government.

He stressed the need for Nigeria to “deliberately” evolve an innovative and home-grown industrialisation model that would provide a platform for fast tracking of industralisation process

The house resolved that in doing that, the comparative advantage and uniqueness of each state should be taken into cognisance.

The lawmakers said that it was such a measure that would tackle the menace of unemployment in the country, especially among the youth.

It also resolved that the country should embark on massive industrial revolution by adopting the turn-key project model of build and sell as currently obtained in the power sector.

The legislators further resolved that on completion and inauguration of each industry, the Bureau for Public Enterprises should call for tender and subsequent sales of the industries to core investors.

The lawmakers resolved further that part of the funds from SURE-P; excess crude and sovereign wealth fund should, be used as seed-fund which would be recovered when the industries were sold.

It also resolved that the committees on Commerce and Industry and Environment should relate with the relevant ministries on how the recently launched industrial revolution could leverage on the model.

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