- Stakeholders have warned the Federal Government against signing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and European Union (EU), noting that Nigeria risks loosing about $1.3 trillion revenue if it signs the agreement.
- They have also called on the Federal Government to make Nigeria’s stance publicly known on the matter.
- This is as the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), particularly warned of the dangers ahead should Nigeria sign the agreement, saying the country lacks the capacity to compete with its European counterparts.
- Prof. Ademola Oyejide, a professor of Economics at the University of Ibadan in his key note address at the two-day EPA parley in Abuja, noted that the country must make its stand known on the controversial issue.
- The majority of speakers at the event said the country should stand up and speak now if it intends continuing with the agreement or not.
- Nigeria is yet to sign the agreement which was concluded in February, 2014 by ECOWAS.
“There must be a clear statement from Nigeria regarding whether the country endorses or does not endorse the EPA. “Although the agreement has indefinite duration, it is not without a legal option for any signatory to withdraw. “Even before that point is reached, the agreement has provision for five-yearly reviews, which can, presumably, be used to undo some of the perceived damages.“Therefore, Nigeria should rise up to the expectations of its leadership position and decide unequivocally, one way or the other.”
- He added that “If Nigeria decides not to sign, there will be plenty of strong evidence in support of that decision. It will, of course.”
- Source: The Sun