The Manufactures Association of Nigeria (MAN) in Calabar on Thursday called on their Cross River and Akwa Ibom States Branch members to identify with the association for the enormous benefits of being a member.
Mr. Offiong Eyo, the Executive Secretary MAN in charge of the two states spoke with newsmen on the challenges of the branch and other related issues.
According to him, it was only when there was an issue or problem affecting some companies before they come around.
“I am using this forum to encourage manufactures outside there to come forward and identify with the association because it pays when we engage government as a group for better and favourable result
The Executive Secretary expressed satisfaction with the Cross River and Akwa Ibom state government for the good business relationship it has enjoyed over the years in spite of the harsh economic environment in the country.
He also listed some challenges affecting member-companies of the association to include multiple taxation, epileptic power supply, environmental hazards and called on the two state governments to come to their aid.
Mr. Offiong said MAN was 50 years in May this year and that part of the activities marking the anniversary celebration include cake cutting, Manufacturers Open Day (Identifying to expose young Nigerians on manufacturing process and inspiring big dreams).
According to him N500,000, N300,000, and N200,000 have been set aside for essay writing competitions for undergraduate students in Nigerian tertiary institutions. The First Prize winner will go home with N500,000 and a one month internship opportunity, the 2nd Prize winner will go home with N300,000 and a one month internship opportunity while the 3rd prize winner will go home with N200,000.
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary has encouraged undergraduate students from Cross River and Akwa Ibom to key into the program. The title for the Essay writing Competition is “Promoting Industrialization In Nigeria”
Our correspondent reports that MAN is an advocacy organization that helps in reducing unemployment in the country, through capacity building for members and is represented in the boards of federal government MDAs.