The representative of Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has acquired two brand new made-in-Nigeria vehicles, from the Nigerian car maker, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd, setting the pace for Nigerians to patronize locally made products.
The Senator who had promised to substitute his official car with one made in Nigeria as part of his #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira campaign, kept to his words on the 15th of February.
With this, he has taken the lead in encouraging other Nigerian citizens to make their own contribution to the increase and diversification of the Nigerian economy.
The Sports Utility Vehicle and a Sedan were delivered to Senator Murray-Bruce by the chairman of IVM, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma and according to the Senator, he has also placed an order for a bullet-proof version of the SUV which will be delivered in 90 days adding that,
“…I paid for the cars with my personal funds not government money.”
See Bruce Twitter posts below:
In the same vein, the Federal Government of Nigeria has urged its citizens to patronize products that are made in Nigeria instead of depending totally on foreign made goods.
Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head of the Nigerian Civil Service made the plea in Abuja when Dr. Florence Omatule Seriki, the Group Managing Director of OMATEK paid her a visit in her office.
Winifred promised that the Federal Government will do everything in its power to ensure that the negative attitude of Nigerians towards locally produced goods are changed thereby creating room for people to accept, patronize and encourage the growth and development of our local industries and home-made products.
Oyo-Ita also observed that the quality of most of the foreign-made items we go for are much lower than the ones we produce at home.
Similarly, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has also persuaded Nigerians to show patriotism by purchasing locally manufactured goods in order to preserve the foreign exchange reserves and strengthen the naira. This call came from Bayo Adelabu, the deputy governor (corporate services) of CBN when members of the House of Representatives committee on banking and currency, paid a courtesy visit to the CBN on Wednesday, 10th February, 2016.
According to Bayo;
“What the CBN is saying is that we need to become more patriotic. We should patronise locally made goods and services. We do not need to be importing everything. That is part of the reasons we are seeing pressure on the naira. Why should we be importing fruits, eggs, tooth picks?”
The success of any country lies in their ability to minimise capital flight and this can only be achieved by encouraging local production of goods that are used in the country. China for example, is where they are today because there is hardly anything they do not produce and unfortunately, most of the money made in Nigeria is spent there. It’s quite annoying that a country as blessed as we are, imports virtually everything including tooth-pick.
There is an urgent need for Nigeria to look into the production industry, it’s really a sector full of unexplored potentials. For this reason, the announcement made by the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu who said that plans were underway to begin the production of pencils in Nigeria was widely lauded. This according to him will create 10,000 jobs in the country by 2018. Production i believe, will go a long way in solving some of the problems we have in Nigeria especially inemployment.