Nigeria’s Acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has urged Nigerians to support Made-in-Nigeria goods and join hands to support and promote industries situated in Aba, Abia State.
According to Yemi Osinbajo, if Aba industries can be given the support it needs to develop, Nigeria will have nothing to do with China in terms of importation as the local industries will be able to sustain the economy.
“Aba was very strategic and important to the country in terms of manufacturing and production,” the VP said.
This statement, Vanguard reports, was made by Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, February 28 while receiving a delegation of some top functionaries of Abia State Government, Aba businessmen and industrialists led by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Okey Enalemah at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
While applauding Governor Ikpeazu, Yemi Osinbajo said:
“Nigeria has no business with China if all hands are on deck to develop Aba as a major industrial Base.”
Speaking after the Acting President, Governor Ikpeazu stated that:
“If Aba is giving the needed and adequate attention, which include infrastructural and human capacity development, it has the potential and capacity as the SME capital of Nigeria, to position Nigeria as truly the giant of Africa.
“Our government is doing all we can do ensure the infrastructural turnaround of Aba, but we can’t do it alone, that is why we are thankful to the Federal Government for showing very strong interest in partnering with us to development Aba as the SME capital of our dear country-Nigeria.
“It is our collective resolve to promote goods and services made in Aba, and we will not relent in the campaign. We call on Federal Government and multinational companies and individuals to, not only join us in the campaigns but to also patronize made-in-Aba goods.”
In line with supporting home made products, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki in January, launched a contest to promote made in Nigeria products. The contest slated to run for three months is aims at showcasing the process and raw materials used in producing such locally made goods.
In a statement personally signed by Saraki, he said that the contest would identify the good products that could be matched with investors and government agencies. He said that such agencies or investors would drive the products to the extent that they compete favourably with any similar product being imported.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Monday, February 27, said the Federal Government would diversify the nation’s economy through local production of goods and services. In addition, he said the promotion of Made-in-Nigeria goods was central to Nigeria’s industrial development, explaining that there would soon be a review of the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, Act to promote local goods and services.
The Minister made these submissions in an address at the government’s 9th Town Hall Meeting in Umuahia. Speaking at the same event, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said he is an ardent patron of products made in Aba and all he is wearing are made locally.
Ngige said he used to buy his wears from Malaysia before he realised that such items were made locally, particularly from Aba and are of better quality.
The Minister noted that “Nigeria and Nigerians have the resources to make the country great but we must look inward to develop our products’’.
He said Abia had the full potential to become the industrial base of the country and the present administration had identified Aba as one of the places to build industrial parks and clusters.
Ngige called on the people of the state to take full potential of the advantage to transform the state and generate employment for the teeming youths.