…holds secret talks with Okorocha
BY DANIEL IDONOR
ABUJA – President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday that government was developing a policy that would require a certain category of imports to be produced locally, in order to boost employment.
The President who received the out-going Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Toshitsugu Uesawa said, “we are considering such a policy in order to develop the economy, generate more employment, and thereby improve the purchasing power of Nigerians”, adding that this would result in even higher production by the affected manufacturers.
According to him, there were so many Japanese products in Nigeria, especially motor vehicles, and invited the manufacturers to take advantage of the large market by setting up their factories in the country.
Jonathan recalled his visit to Japan for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development and expressed appreciation to the out-going ambassador for working so hard during his tenure in Nigeria.
Earlier, Mr. Toshitsugu Uesawa said he enjoyed the cooperation and friendship of the government and people of Nigeria during his nearly four-year stay in the country.
He said he was privileged and “proud” to witness Nigeria’s successful elections, as well as many other developments in the country during his tenure.
Meanwhile, President Jonathan met Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State behind closed doors. The visit by the governor on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, was said to be the first of its kind, since he assumed office on May 29.