The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), has said that federal government refusal to sign The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) in the face of the prominent position of Nigeria in the African trade was not good for the image of the country.
President, ACCI, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, commented on this interview with the delegation of the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FWACCI), who paid a visit to the ACCI.
"There is a lot trading going on ins Africa, it is both historical and cultural. Nigeria is a great leader in Africa. Even in the West Africa, the main businesses are run by Nigerians.
"I do not know why government has not signed the AfCFTA. The government needs to sign it immediately. We can not play second fiddle in the African trade and we will not.
Kayode said whether the country There would be a lot of interest in African regions, between South Africa and East Africa regions.
"We must play the leadership role. We must not be allowed to be pushed out. I am using this opportunity to call AfCFTA immediately.
"Government has delayed the signing of the agreement for too long. Honestly, it is a national shame for all of us.
"Nobody can use our country as a dumping ground. Rather, people are afraid of us. Where ever you go, you will see Nigerians transacting their businesses, "he added.
According to him, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who is opening up industries everywhere in Africa.
"We can compete. We are not lazy people. And we are business-like. We need to do business, "he concluded.
The AfCFTA is a trade agreement between 49 African Union member states, with the goal of creating a single market followed by free movement and a single-currency union.
The agreement was brokered by the African Union (AU) and was signed on by 44 of its 55 member states in Kigali, Rwanda, March 21, 2018.
The agreement starts with 90 percent of goods, goods, and services across the continent.