The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has reportedly opposed moves by Morocco to be admitted into the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
At its 45th annual general meeting (AGM) in Lagos yesterday, MAN warned the Federal Government against supporting Morocco, as it would have negative effects on Nigeria.
The MAN President, Frank Udemba Jacobs, noted that admitting Morocco into ECOWAS would be equivalent to signing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
He said, “We urge the Federal Government to oppose the move as it would spell doom for the productive sector of the economy. We are aware Morocco and the European Union (EU) have a trade agreement, which means if it becomes part of ECOWAS, products that come into Morocco from EU will end up in Nigeria. After all, Nigeria is the biggest market in ECOWAS…We are telling our government not to allow it become part of ECOWAS. ECOWAS is Economic States of West African States, but Morocco is not part of West Africa. It shouldn’t be part of ECOWAS.”