Enuguâ€”Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, ECCIMA, has called on the Federal Government to concession the coal industry with a view to attracting investors.
Mr. Emeka Okereke, Director-General of the chamber, made the call, yesterday, in Enugu during an interactive session with graduands of Foreign Service Academy on study tour of the state.
He said:Â â€œEnugu has abundant coal deposit which used to be a great source of revenue but has been abandoned for many years.
â€œI still wonder why the Federal Ministry of Mines is waiting to concession it. Enugu will do better if coal is utilised and open for investment.
â€œAmerica, Britain, China and even South Africa make use of coal, so why not Nigeria?â€
The DG expressed regret that the multi-billion Naira Enugu International Trade Fair Complex had yet to be completed 11 years after the foundation was laid by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
He pledged to partner with the Foreign Affairs Ministry in reaching out to investors as well as open trade relations between the South-Eastern part of the country and other nations.
Another member of ECCIMA, Mr. Emmanuel Nwankpa, urged the graduands to endeavour to promote the image of the country in the course of their duty.
Nwankpa stressed the need for Nigerians to be patriotic as it would go a long way in the development of the nation.
Earlier, leader of the team and a director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Amalaha, said they were in the state on a three-day study tour.