Mr. Daere Afonya-a Akobo, the charismatic Chairman/ GCEO of PANA Holdings, was present at the bustling conference of the 12th Practical Nigerian Content Forum. The Practical Nigerian Content Forum (PNC Forum) is a premier annual event dedicated to promoting and advancing Nigerian content in various sectors of the economy. Launched in 2011, the forum has become a vital platform for stakeholders to gather, share knowledge, and collaborate on strategies to increase local participation and maximize value creation within the Nigerian economy.

As a key figure in the Nigerian manufacturing sector, Mr. Akobo’s presence was highly anticipated, and his participation within the forum’s 6th panel session promised an insightful discussion on a crucial topic: “Deepening Nigerian Content in the Manufacturing Sector.” This discussion featured a panel of industry experts, each bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. Among them were Mr. Segun Ajayi-Kadir, Director General of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr Ama Ikuru, Director, Capacity Building, Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Bukola Adubi, Chief Operating Officer, MicCom Cables & Wires Ltd, George Onafowokan, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Coleman Wires & Cables as well as the Panel Moderator, Mr. Cyprian Ojum, Deputy General Manager, Nigerian Content Division, TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited. The air crackled with intellectual energy as the discussion delved into the challenges and opportunities for boosting Nigerian content in manufacturing.

Mr. Akobo, known for his visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to local content, highlighted the need for a collaborative approach. “We cannot achieve sustainable growth in the manufacturing sector without prioritizing the development of local talent, resources, and technology,” he stated, his voice resonating through the hall. He emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships, investment in research and development, and the creation of an enabling environment that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship.

Mr. Akobo’s participation in the 12th Practical Nigerian Content Forum was a testament to his dedication to the sector’s advancement. The forum served as a crucial platform for dialogue and collaboration, paving the way for a future where Nigerian content is not just a slogan, but a reality. As the forum concluded, a sense of renewed optimism and purpose permeated the room, leaving everyone with a shared mission to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the Nigerian manufacturing sector.

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