BY DANIEL GUMM
THE newly inaugurated Nigeria-Turkey Chamber of Commerce (NTCC) has promised to focus its attention on the development of non-oil sector of the Nigerian economy with a view to addressing problem of unemployment in the country.
Some leaders and members of the NTCC governing board, who spoke at the launching ceremony in Abuja, urged the chamber to woo investors to the industrial and agricultural sectors of the nation’s economy.
According to the Executive Chairman of the chamber, Dr. Eze Eche Hyacinth, the chamber was founded for the development of Nigeria’s non-oil sector and serves the business communities of both countries.
Hyacinth, who disclosed that the NTCC’s membership has reached 350, said a delegation of the chamber would visit Turkey in July to exchange ideas and explore the areas of comparative advantages for the benefits of the two nations.
In an address, the President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Dr. Hubert Ademola Ajayi, said special focus on the non-oil sector would open up opportunities and enhance the nation’s economic growth and trade relationship with other countries.
Ajayi particularly noted that the launching of NTCC would improve trade volume and relationship between Nigeria and Turkey on the one hand and the other countries, especially with the D-8.
He also promised the readiness of NACCIMA to partner with the chamber and other related bilateral organisations to promote business relationship between Nigeria and others.
Former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Adetokunbo Kayode, said at the event that NTCC would serve as a platform to improve the nation’s economy by reducing its level of importation from Turkey and other countries.
Kayode emphasised that the chamber would also enhance transfer of technology between the two countries and their trade relationship.
Speaking in the same vein, the chamber’s national matron, Senator Grace Folashade Bent, advised that focusing on environmental friendly industrial development would reduce unemployment and acts of violence in the country.
Bent also urged the NTCC leadership to be proactive and use the platform to improve the nation’s economy and reduce its dependence on the oil sector.
Grand patron of NTCC in the North, General I.B. M. Haruna, had informed that the scientific, educational and cultural MoU he signed on behalf of Nigeria with Turkey as the Federal Commissioner for Commerce in 1976 was a strong knot that had enhanced relationships between the countries.
In his remarks, former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chris Ngige, urged the chamber to focus more on exportation of Nigerian products to Turkish rather than importation as well as exploring the technology used educational development in Turkey.
Ngige, a serving senator representing Anambra North, said members of the chamber had agreed with Tumosan Tractor Company, Turkey, to train farmers and supply agricultural equipment to Nigeria.
The vice chairman of the Oodua Chamber of Commerce and a NACCIMA leader, Senator Remi Okunrinboye, noted that Nigeria would benefit a lot from Turkey, being a member of the European Union and fast growing technological advance country.
He described as unacceptable the importation of agricultural products into Nigeria, maintaining that the country could feed itself through mechanised agriculture.