The Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, says the 8th National Assembly would use the ongoing 2017 appropriation bill defence sessions to engage Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) on why they should patronize locally produced goods when implementing the budget.
Senator Saraki said this when an American firm known as Diamond Designs Limited visited him in Abuja.
He stated that such an action will assist in getting the country out of the current economic recession.
Dr Bukola commended the firm for keying into the buy Made-in-Nigeria initiative being championed by the Senate to stimulate the economy and create jobs.
According to the Senate President, “at the moment, the budget process is on and we intend to use that opportunity to engage the MDAs (Ministries, Departments and Agencies) to ensure that when they start implementation of the budget, they will make sure that they patronize locally produced goods more than imported goods.”
He reiterated that the Senate would support all Nigerian based entrepreneurs in the Made in Nigeria project. He added that “we want to see how we can create an enabling environment that will support your business so that as you grow you will provide jobs for a lot of Nigerians and thereby contribute to the growth of the economy.”
“Let me commend the efforts you (Diamond Designs Limited) are making and the way you have taken this initiative and policy of ours in the Senate on the issue of made in Nigeria initiative,” he said.
“This is what we are talking about that the Made-In-Nigeria initiative is likely to take us out of the recession. The main aim of this is that we can produce for export and local consumption,” he added.