By Franca Ofili
The Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) has called on Nigeria to patronise made in Nigeria goods to help develop the manufacturing sector and the economy.
Mr Olu Odun, president of the Association told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Media Launch on Made in Nigeria goods in Abuja that there was the need for Nigeria to imbibe the spirit of buying made in Nigeria products.
“When we buy made in Nigeria, we employ our youths, we also bring money into the country.
“ The economy recovery plan of the government will only be possible if the country’s citizens will buy what is produce in the country thereby keeping her worth” he said
It woulds be recalled that the federal government, on Thursday launched Media campaign on Made in Nigeria goods.
The Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah at the launch noted that the whole importance of the campaign was to create the right environment that would encourage SMEs, reduce the cost of doing business as well as make local production affordable.
“This commitment has given born to SMEs clinic which entails taking services to the people”, he said
He added that government was also working hard to make funds available to SMEs.
Also, Minister for State Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar stated that this initiative was in line with the fundamental objectives of diversifying the economy from over dependence on oil export.
She added that idea would help to increase local industrial capacity and reduced importation of goods and services.
“This is expected to boost the Nigerian economy by reviving the local industries to produce good quality products of international standards that will be available and affordable.
We need to motivate our MSMEs and assist them become formidable brands and support those who are successful by utilising their products and celebrating them”. She said (NAN)