Nigerian youths have been urged to take advantage of a recently passed bill by the Legislature, which places priority on locally made goods in order to increase development in the country.
The coordinator of the Progressives Youth Advocate in Nigeria, Mr. Chris Emejuru, said this while speaking with journalists at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, in order to sensitise Nigerian youths on what they stand to benefit from the recently passed bill.
According to Mr. Emejuru, if Nigerians are able to support goods made in the country which can compete with the best in the world, it will not only reduce unemployment drastically, it will also open doors of opportunities for the youths.
“The federal government inherited a lot of the difficulties that we are currently facing and only through youth participation, especially in indigenous locally made Nigerian enterprise can we fight our way to a more prosperous future for all of us.
“Thankfully, the Senate has made this mission easier on us. Recently, a bill was passed by the Senate, which puts more emphasis, more effort, more priority to producing locally manufactured goods. The law is entitled “A Bill for an Act to amend the Public Procurement Act to provide for and adopt a local content policy.
“With proper thought and legislation like this put in place, local businessmen are assured that they are on the path forward to developing their business along with the nation with less interference from imports.
“The Aquaculture (or fish farming) industry can benefit from this legislation because it is an example of how robust the economy Nigeria can be if we focus on locally made products. For example, importing fish feed can create significant overhead cost to local businesses who want to increase productivity in their business.
“To solve this problem, research has proven that certain Nigerian delicacies like maize and cassava can be used as fish feed thereby reducing costs, which in turn can expand business and create jobs.
“Another example is the indigenous implementation of the ICT (Information Communication Technology) Sector. Instead of importing talent abroad, we can harness talent here in Nigeria through increasing awareness by the establishment of more Research and Technology Centers” Emejuru explained.
He advised Nigerians to take advantage of the e-commerce web portal called buyNaija.com which was set up by the Ministry for Industry, Trade and Investment and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria with the aim of selling locally made goods.
Mr. Emejuru also called on the government to set the proper procedures in place to engage the youths better.