Nigeria harps on patronage of locally made products

Acheme Jack, Kano

Made in Nigeria goods

Ministries, Departments and Agencies, local governments as well as the organised private sector have been called to patronise made in Nigeria goods and services.

The patronage would help to reverse the over 6.7 trillion Naira spent annually on the importation of similar products, which the nation can produce locally.

The Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar made the call at the regional launch of the campaign in Kano State.

Abubakar said such move would be able to motivate the nation’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, assisting them to become formidable brands worthy of celebration and lead to increased industrial development.

Massive employment
“The patronage of the made in Nigeria goods and services would lead to generation of massive employment, boost our culture and tourism sector, create wealth, reduce poverty and increase the foreign exchange earning capacity of  the country,”
the minister stated .

Executive order
She said in pursuant of the new drive, the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has signed an executive order 3 for preference to be given to made in Nigeria goods and services in the procurement of food and beverages, Uniforms and foot wears, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals, construction materials among others.

“At least 40% of the procurement of expenditure of these items in all MDAs of the Nigerian government of Nigeria shall be locally manufactured goods and services providers.

“MSMEs are urged to register with the Bureau of Public Enterprises to take advantage of the order, “the Minister explained.

According to Abubakar, the campaign is aimed at changing the psyche of Nigerians from dependence on foreign goods and services.

“This will re-orient us to value what is produced locally in order to develop a strong and virile industrial base; encourage Nigerians to wear our traditional attire to project our culture, revive the textile industries and promote the fashion industries among others without our compromising on quality and standards,” she stressed.

In 2015, Nigeria spent N6.7 trillion Naira on the importation of goods and services, N1.09 trillion on imported foods and drinks, N1.5 trillion on spare part, N123.01 billion on shoes and clothes and N399 billion on household items.

The minister added that the campaign is a cardinal point in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The Kano State Governor Dr. Umar Ganduje said the patronage of the made in Nigeria goods and services would indeed revive  moribund industries and boost the economy of the state, the home of many textile, leather and food industries.

An exhibition showcasing made in Nigeria goods and services was part of the event. The Ministry of Information in conjunction with Ministry Trade, Industry and investment organised the programme.

An internet based one stop shop for made in Nigeria produce is also being created with the web address- and registration is on-going at the back page.

Mercy Chukwudiebere