The Association of Agricultural Products and Equipment Manufacturers in Nigeria (AAPEMN) on Tuesday in Lagos, called on the Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to probe Mr Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for activities described as sabotage and with immediate removal of Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister, Industry, Trade and Investment.
The association described the duo as useful tools used in de-industrialising the country, stating that they are supporting the foreign owned industrialists to the negligence of the indigenous manufacturers for their selfish purposes.
In his speech, Chief Erick Umeofia, President and CEO, Erisco Foods, who also doubles as the association’s President, stated that CBN is using the nation’s scarce forex to fund foreign companies to import what is produced in Nigeria, describing the act as a deliberate attempt in sabotaging the Nigerian economy.
He said; “We have document to prove all our cases and still restate our position that if we have fabricated lies on the issue, we should be investigated and prosecuted. The CBN should stop destroying the economy of our dear country with their mundane economic theories. We think it is time for President Buhari to change the leadership of CBN.
“If he wants Nigerian economy to move forward as they have more of inconsistent policies that favours cronies and importers of finished products to the detriment of our Nigerian economy. Proper investigation should be carried out and the outcome will prove to the President that the CBN is working and frustrating his efforts in making Nigeria better.”
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Secretary General of the association, Bar. Faruk Abdulahi, stated that Nigeria can only talk of development when manufacturing is protected and supported, adding that the country is no longer what it used to be and can no longer feed itself.
He pointed out that Nigerian tomatoes is the best so far in the world, stressing that the government should encourage farmers by making available, affordable fertilizer, farm implements, insecticides and improved seedlings to increase yield.
Abdulahi challenged the CBN to come up with facts and figures of the companies that it has funded, explaining that the association is willing to dialogue with the CBN for the interest of moving the country forward.