Osita Chidoka, one of the leading candidates in the November Governorship elections in Anambra State has bemoaned the lack of security in Nnewi, a city in the state fondly called “the Japan of Africa” because of the concentration of industries there. Speaking during his campaign stop at Nnewi, he said,
“A situation where factories shut down after dark for lack of adequate security does not encourage industrial growth. We must link security to economic output. The Toyota factory in Japan does not shut down once it is dark; they work for 24 hours. When our factories run for 24 hours, they will have the capacity to employ more people, their production capacity will increase; that would mean more opportunity for ancillary businesses and more money for our people.
“Government must therefore stop paying lip service to manufacturers in Nnewi. We must partner with them to make Nnewi the industrial nerve center of the nation.”