Nigerian manufacturers proffer solutions for economic recovery

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has stressed the need for a better structured and more effective consultation and dialogue between state governments and the association, saying the industrial sector participation is key to the economic recovery process.

Speaking at the 19th Joint Annual General Meeting in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria, the President of the Association, Dr. Frank Udemba Jacobs said the economy is in dire need of the symbiosis in order to get out of economic recession and breathe life into the efforts of Government.

He noted that ‎the shrunken Federal Allocated revenue behoves on the States to be more resourceful and to progressively engage its constituents, corporate and private, in the drive to generate wealth and provide for the wellbeing of their citizens.

“The manufacturing sector remains the most viable ally of government in this regards, as it creates wealth, generates employment and engenders skill acquisition” he emphasised.

“We are all familiar with the challenges the manufacturing sector is passing through. What we require at this critical time is to be creative and see how or what we can do to remain in business. In this regard, I would like us to consider the option of resource-based industrialisation and greater utilisation of local raw materials for our production” he said.

In an address, Chairman, South West Kaduna Branch, Ahmed Ladan Gobir argued that, the reality was that the manufacturing sector has numerous problems to contend with, which are largely responsible for its lackluster performance for quite some time now.

According to Gobir, “principal among the problems facing manufacturers in recent times is the inability of manufacturers to access foreign exchange to import raw materials for production, inability of the providers of energy to meet the requirement of this real and critical sector of the nation’s Economy, lack of patronage and the pervading sense of insecurity as typified by armed robberies, kidnappings, vandalisation etc.”

He however stressed the need for change of attitude to enable the sector inject innovative ideas that would be used to tackle the challenges which are daily facing the industries.