Yesterday at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu presented the Tinubu/Shettima manifesto, RENEWED HOPE 2023, to the Lagos Business Community and Organized Private Sector.
One of the presenters of the manifesto was the APC Cross River South Senatorial Candidate, Asuquo Ekpenyong, who spoke on the economy and Small & Medium Enterprises, he also appeared on the panel Q&A session alongside Tinubu & Shettima.
Asuquo Ekpenyong stated that while SMEs are the lifeblood of the economy, accounting for 96% of businesses and 84% of employment it contributes just 48% to the GDP. He opined that strengthening the SME sector through ensuing provision of adequately priced capital, bridging the nations infrastructure deficit and capacity development will serve as a catalyst for sustainable economic growth.
Members of the audience included Captains of Industry and the Who’s who in the business community including Aliko Dangote, Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, Herbert Wigwe, Aig-Imoukhuede, Nduka Obaigbena etc.
As well as Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Simon Lalong, Atiku Bagudu, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, Abubakar Badaru, Dapo Abiodun, Adegboyega Oyetola, Nasir El-Rufai, Abdullahi Ganduje etc