Senate President Bukola Saraki Commends Nigerian Military For Purchasing Aba-Made Shoes.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has commended the Nigerian Army for its decision to purchase 50,000 pairs of shoes from local manufacturers in Aba.
The shoes which the military purchased will be for the use of officers and soldiers.
Saraki stated that the move shows the military is living up to its bidding as an institution that can play vital roles in boosting the nation’s economy.
The Senate President made this known in a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.
Saraki said the army’s decision to patronize Aba-Made shoes wear is a good example.
According to him, this shows the military as a pace setter and a truly national institution.
Saying the army is ready to contribute its quota in ending the country’s present economic recession.
The Senate President who is a long-time champion of the Buy Made in Nigerian campaign has been a major supporter of the Aba local manufacturers.
Saraki also urged them to immediately ban the purchase of all imported footwears in preference for locally produced ones.
Saraki Roots For Aba-Made Shoes And Other Items
He also urged the military and paramilitary agencies not to limit their patronage and promotion of Made in Nigeria goods to only shoes, but to other items that can be sourced locally.
The Senate President also commended the Air Force for the co-operation it is forging with the Innoson Motor Group in the area of manufacturing of some airplane parts.
“This is the essence of the amendment of the Public Procurement Act by the Senate since June.
“The new law compels all Ministries, Department and Agencies of government to compulsorily give preference to goods and services which can be sourced locally.
“We believe one of the gains that our country will derive from this recession is to make our people look inward and patronize locally made goods.
“Patronage of Made-in-Nigeria goods is an obvious panacea for our economic problems.
“We will by doing that increase our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), empower our youths, challenge their creativity, increase revenue generation ability of state governments and improve on the sense of self-pride and patriotism of Nigerians.”
Saraki further advised state and federal governments to encourage local manufacturers by providing them with the necessary infrastructure, soft loans, and patronage.
He urged governments to help them improve on the quality of their goods as well as facilitate their ability to access the export market.
Saraki asserted that the task for all Nigerians is the promotion of Made-in-Nigeria goods.
This, he said, is a cardinal point in the Agenda of the present Senate.