The Organised PrivateÂ Â Sector(OPS), has expressed excitement over the appointment of one of their own members , NACCIMA President Dr.Simon Chukwuemeka Okolo onto the Presidential Advisory Team by the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Reacting, Tuesday,on phone , some of the stakeholders say that the appointment was an apparent indication that the Presidency is ready to listen to the OPS who for umpteenth times have complained about lackÂ of access to the government on issues affecting the business community in the country.
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), for instance, described the appointment as a welcome development , stressing that the interest of the OPS will be better taken care of in governance.Â â€œBeing a crucial stakeholder who knows where the shoe pinches, Dr.Okolo will be able to offer necessary advice to government,â€ said LCCI â€˜s Image Maker, Mr. Tope Oluwaleye.
â€œThis is a great appointment and recognition of the OPS as the major drivers of economic growth and sustainable industrial development.Â We are now more than ever reassured that the Presidency is ready to listen to the myriads of problems affecting businesses in the country.Â In short, the OPS is now fully
represented and Simon Okolo more than anyone deserves the appointment,â€ said Managing Director Medallion Marketing Limited, Mr. Fidel, Mr. Fidel Ndubisi.
â€œThe appointmentâ€™s very welcoming. Okolo represents OPSâ€™s interest.Â He should be vocal.Â We are hopeful he will be a very strong advocate to OPS,â€ added Vice President, Trade Fair, Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture(ECCIMA), Sir. Emeka Ikpeze.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Advisory Council, which is headed by the former Minister of Defence, LT.Gen Theophilus Danjuma, was set up to advise the Presidency on critical areas of development such as power, economy, infrastructure, electoral process, and fight against graft.
The advisory council is to provide the Presidency with alternative inputs in policy formulation and promote good governance in those specific areas as well as policy implementation and advise on such.