Policy on Made-in-Nigeria products gets commendation

Elizabeth Christopher, Abuja

The Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) has applauded the Nigerian government’s policy on Made-In-Nigeria goods.

President of ECCIMA, Rev. Ugochukwu Chime gave the commendation when he paid a courtesy visit to the Director General, Voice of Nigeria Mr. Osita Okechukwu in Abuja.

Mr. Chime said that government had shown more commitment to forex conservation and job creation through diversifying its economy through Agriculture, Mines and Solid Minerals.

“It is gratifying to note that Government has made it a policy for procurement of Made-In-Nigeria goods. For the first time in our history, we have tailors and Shoe makers in Aba producing shoes and uniforms for the Armed Forces and we want to seize this opportunity to appreciate the opportunity and encouragement given to the Small and Medium Enterprises to be part of the growth process of the country,” he said.

Support for SMEs
He stated that the chamber was providing the necessary support for the SMEs in Enugu.

According to him, the 28th edition of Enugu International Trade fair has been re-engineered to enable it have positive effect on the economy.

“There are people who have money, some have collected loans but what killed the loans that they got was that there’s nobody to guide them, help them develop the process as an investor who will guide them through the murky waters of business, but we are creating a platform to encourage smaller businesses, teach SMEs, we want to meet the core needs of our people who have innovation, interest but need human capital development catalyst by way of training, inspiration and leadership.”

Mr. Chime therefore urges Voice of Nigeria to support the Chamber by educating its audience on the need to patronize locally made goods as they are of global competitive standards.

“You can aid us by way of information dissemination, by educating investors and with your support, we can put many more people back to work, put many more industries back on their feet. We need to show them the evolving opportunities,” he emphasised.

Economic advantage
The Director General, Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu promised the support of his Organisation.

He stressed the need to leverage on areas of economic advantage in the country.

“Going by our mandate, we will support your chamber because what you are doing is in the best of Nigeria’s Image, you are trying to organise and harness the potentials for industrialisation, so we are all for it,” DG VON said.

Mr Okechukwu, encouraged the chamber to support its members to open up for investment and collaborations.

He also stressed the need to back investors in critical sectors of the economy

“We plead with you to tell your members to look for investors that the Nigerian government can guarantee, no government can do it alone, let them know that the business environment has changed and there is need for interaction, collaborations and partnership,” he emphasised.

The 28th Enugu International Trade Fair has the theme; “Promoting Nigeria Industrial Sector and SME’s For Inclusive and Robust Economy.”

The Fair is expected to showcase varieties of international and Nigerian made products from all forms of businesses such as telecommunication, manufacturers and other business services. It is scheduled to hold on March 25 to April 4, 2017.