Nigerians have been called to patronise locally made products.
The Wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari and the wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode made the call while commissioning an ultra modern tomato processing factory in Lagos.
Enough of importation
“Nigerians can no longer depend absolutely on imported goods for all domestic and other consumptions,” Mrs Buhari said.
On her part, Mrs Ambode said that the factory was a bold initiative that would conserve scarce foreign exchange for Nigeria and generate employment in a multiplier chain.
“From very humble beginnings over the years, Erisco Foods Limited has taken the giant step of establishing this factory which would directly process fresh farm tomato into tomato concentrate that we used to import for making tomato paste…What this means in effect is that, scare foreign exchange previously spent on importation of the concentrate would now be conserve for the country.
“It also means a ready market and good income for tomato farmers, as well as employment in a multiplier chain. The rate of loss to farmers from spoilt and unsold tomato, would also be significantly reduced,” the Lagos State Governor’s wife explained.
She praised the business wisdom of the company’s management and urged entrepreneurs to graduate from buying and selling to actual production.
The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Eric Umeofia described the factory as a feat meant to halt the annual wastage of 75% of fresh farm tomato.
Mr Umeofia added that production in the plant would conserve foreign exchange and generate thousands of jobs.