VIDEO: Osinbajo Test Drives Made-In-Nigeria Electric Car

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo proudly drove a ‘Made-In-Nigeria’ electric car at an event on Tuesday.

The event was the opening ceremony of the exhibition of Made-In-Nigeria products and cultural display held at Eagle Square, Abuja.

The Nigerian-made electric car is called Kona.

The vice-president drove in the car in the company of Nigeria Automotive Development Council (NADC) Boss, Jelani Aliyu, and the Minister for Industry Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo.

Watch the video below…

Use Of Made-In-Nigeria Products Will Attract Benefits, Increase GDP – Boss Mustapha

The SGF and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the event held on Tuesday, June 15 at Eagles Square, Abuja.

 

The Secretary-General of the Federation, Boss Mustapha on Tuesday said the use of ‘Made-In-Nigeria’ products will attract benefits for the country.

He noted that Nigerians now proudly use products made in the country and this will contribute to GDP growth, more employment opportunities, etc.

The SGF said this at the opening ceremony of the exhibition of ‘Made-In-Nigeria’ products and cultural display held at Eagle Square, Abuja.

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“Nigerians now proudly use products branded ‘Made-in-Nigeria.’ This development will no doubt attract several benefits to the country including an increase in its Gross Domestic Product, generation of employment opportunities and reduction in the cost of production.

“This ‘Made-In-Nigeria’ exhibition will help in propagating a new and positive narrative that Nigeria is ready to harness her own resources to become a global player in commerce,” he said.

 

Mustapha says that the recent development of more than twelve indigenous mobile cell phones by the Model Skills Centre of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments is a testimony to the strides the country is making in promoting Made-In-Nigeria products.

The SGF noted The intervention of the Federal Government of Nigeria in developing local industries has resulted in a boom in the growth of local businesses.

“Local production of hitherto imported products is beginning to gain grounds that I make bold to say that the materials produced locally can compare favourably with the imported ones,” Mustapha added.

The SGF said the manufacturing sector remains a key determinant of economic development and its interphase with the needs of the country determines the extent of our industrial growth.

“Manufacturing is part of the economic sector in Nigeria that contributes approximately 10 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product each year. The production activity centres on the production of Household goods, Consumer products, Agriculture, Mining, Cement, building materials Chemicals and so on,” the lawyer stated.

He said it is instructive to note that three sectors namely food & beverages, cement, and textile amount to 77% of the manufacturing output generating value in the country.

“The manufacturing sector in Nigeria has been performing well in recent years as compared to the past. The Government is beginning to show greater interest and provide more support for local production in order to encourage the growth of local industries,” noted the SGF.

According to him, the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in local production is being boosted by encouraging local entrepreneurs to take advantage of the various policies geared towards diversifying the economy.

Some of these include Executive Order 001 on Ease of Doing Business, review of the Companies and Allied Matters Act as well as the enactment of a Finance Act.

 

See the full statement below…

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY BOSS MUSTAPHA, SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION OF MADE – IN – NIGERIA PRODUCTS AND CULTURAL DISPLAY HELD ON TUESDAY, 15TH JUNE, 2021 AT THE EAGLE SQUARE, ABUJA.

Protocols

We are gathered here today to witness the culmination of a series of activities that have been taking place behind the scenes to complement the efforts of the Federal Government at ensuring that we produce what we eat and eat what we produce. In this context, we are to produce what we use and use what we produce.

I am, therefore, very pleased and highly honoured to be invited to deliver the Keynote Address at such a landmark event in the annals of our country’s history. This event, designed to last the next five days, is aimed at showcasing what we are capable of producing with our own local materials and expertise.
At the same time, we also want to remind ourselves of the beauty and strength in our diversity exemplified by the cultural troupes from various parts of Nigeria. These displays would re-emphasise the commonality that runs through the country and should always serve as a rallying point for us all, rather than the present discordance being contrived to detract us from the path of development.
These events are being staged as part of activities marking the year-long celebration of Nigeria’s Diamond Jubilee.
I, therefore, wish to commend the Chairman of the Ownership Sub – Committee, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, CON and other members of the Sub – Committee for the successful hosting of these events.
Nigeria as a country is blessed with abundant human and material resources. It is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of natural resources, including huge oil and gas resources, untapped solid minerals and large uncultivated arable land.
It is Africa’s largest economy and twenty-fifth globally with a GDP of $410 billion we need to harness all our potentials and convert them to reality in order to not only move the nation up in economic advancement but most importantly to provide jobs for our ever-growing population.
Like most developing countries of the world, Nigeria’s period of sustained economic growth has been dependent on a raw material export-oriented economy and no meaningful industrial development can take place if we do not convert our raw materials to finished products to gain higher values. Such is a sustainable pathway for economic growth to any nation.
9 The manufacturing sector remains a key determinant of economic development and its interphase with the needs of the country determines the extent of our industrial growth. The history of industrial development and manufacturing in Nigeria has been truncated mainly due to our over-reliance on oil.

Manufacturing is part of the economic sector in Nigeria that contributes approximately 10 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product each year. The production activity centres on the production of Household goods, Consumer products, Agriculture, Mining, Cement, building materials Chemicals and so on. It is instructive to note that three sectors namely food & beverages, cement, and textile amount for 77% of the manufacturing output generating value in the country.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Manufacturing sector in Nigeria has been performing well in recent years as compared to the past. The Government is beginning to show greater interest and provide more support for local production in order to encourage the growth of local industries.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic diversification strategy would rely heavily on the extent to which we harness our local resources to create globally competitive products. It is for this reason that the current administration has put in place a good number of policies and programmes that would encourage local manufacturers and give them confidence in producing for a global market.
Support for local content in Public Procurement by the Federal Government, captured in Executive Order 003, grants preference to local manufacturers in the procurement of goods and services by Ministries, Extra-Ministerial Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government.
Similarly, granting of a Margin of Preference to domestic contractors through Executive Order 005 will equally promote local content in our science, engineering and technology initiatives. Under its Made in Nigeria Campaign, the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is harnessing science, technology and innovation to drive national competitiveness, productivity and economic activities in all sectors.
Under the leadership and guidance of President Muhammadu Buhari, local production is being boosted by encouraging local entrepreneurs to take advantage of the various policies geared towards diversifying the economy. Some of these include Executive Order 001 on Ease of Doing Business, review of the Companies and Allied Matters Act as well as the enactment of a Finance Act.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has also placed a ban on granting foreign exchange for the importation of some foreign products, which can be produced locally. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is also granting single-digit interest rate loans to firms operating in the Agriculture and Manufacturing Sectors.
As we are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a disruption in the global manufacturing and supply chain due to the acute shortage of raw materials and intermediate inputs which some countries around the world including Nigeria are currently experiencing. However, Nigeria was able to take advantage of this disruption and most of the materials needed for the prevention of the virus (nose masks, hand gloves, face shields, hand sanitisers, hand washing equipment) were produced locally.
The intervention of the Federal Government of Nigeria in developing local industries has resulted in a boom in the growth of local businesses. Local production of hitherto imported products is beginning to gain grounds that I make bold to say that the materials produced locally can compare favourably with the imported ones.
Nigerians now proudly use products branded “Made – in – Nigeria”. This development will no doubt attract several benefits to the country including an increase in its Gross Domestic Product, generation of employment opportunities and reduction in the cost of production.
This Made In Nigeria exhibition will help in propagating a new and positive narrative that Nigeria is ready to harness her own resources to become a global player in commerce. The recent development of more than twelve indigenous mobile cell phones by the Model Skills Centre of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments is a testimony to the strides we are making.
Our economic diversification strategy would rely heavily on the extent to which we create globally competitive products. Therefore, we have to take the issue of standards seriously and I implore all our standards regulatory agencies to provide all the necessary guidance to local producers to ensure they meet global standards.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is important I mention that most of the products the country imports are available locally and as we promote local content in our production activities as a nation, it is important that we patronize Made – in – Nigeria products.
A tour of the exhibition stands would reveal an array of products produced locally which can be packaged for export to other countries of the world to tell the Nigerian story of resilience, ingenuity and innovation.
In the present times when some of us have conveniently pretended to forget that the things that bind us are greater than those that separate us, the display of cultural dances across the six geo-political zones will help to showcase our rich cultural heritage as a nation, which we need to preserve.
The neglect of our cultural heritage has contributed in some measure to our loss of values and ethics that are hallmarks of all parts of Nigeria. I am sure that the live performance by local artists, which will feature dance troupes indigenous to each geo-political zone of the country, would help in re-awakening our bond to underscore the need for us to move away from the current undesirable stereotyping and declining love for one another and the country.
Finally, it is important to say that this exhibition is a profound display of the government’s commitment to encouraging Public-Private Sector partnership in the development of our country. I, therefore, want to commend the efforts of Messrs. Business Visa and Training Company Limited who collaborated with the Sub–Committee in making the event a reality.
As I encourage you to undertake a tour of the exhibition stands and patronize the Made – in – Nigeria products on display, I look forward to significant growth in more local products being utilized by Nigerians.
I wish us all a successful celebration of sixty years of being TOGETHER as a nation while assuring you of the Government’s support to the growth and development of the local industries.
Thank you for your attention and God Bless Nigeria.

Buhari Receives Made In Nigeria Mobile Phones

President Muhammadu Buhari holds one of the Nigerian made mobile phones

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has received about 12 made in Nigeria mobile phones.

The mobile phones were produced by the model skills training Centre of the Industrial Training Fund an agency under the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment.

President Buhari was presented the phone by the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting which was held at the First Lady Conference Room in the statehouse, Abuja.

The newly produced made in Nigeria phones

 

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari were physically present at the meeting.

Also Physically in attendance were four Ministers including Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Finance, Zainab Ahmed; Justice, Abubakar Malami and that of Industry, trade and investment, Niyi Adebayo.

 

The Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, and other Ministers are participating in the weekly cabinet meeting from their various offices in Abuja.

At the meeting, the President also swore in two new commissioners into the Federal civil service commission- Engineer Wakil Bukar and the National Population Commission-Muhammad Dattijo Usman.

Chimamanda’s Undying Love For Made In Nigeria

Chimamanda Adiche is a Nigerian writer of novels, short stories, and nonfiction. The literary giant who has deep affection for her African roots has recently displayed support for Nigerian artists. 

These photos culled from her Instagram handle @chimamanda_adiche shows her stunning at various international events wearing exquisite designs by Nigerian artists.

She recently stunned on the red carpet of Glamour Woman of the Year Awards, New York wearing @the_ladymaker. Also, at 2017 Eudora Welty Lecture Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC she wore @sheisdeluxe, at Harpers Bazaar Women of the Year Awards, London she was spotted wearing @moofadesigns while at Centre de Cultura Contemporània, Barcelona, the prominent African writer dazzled in @adabyalterego.

The fashionable author, who is attracting new generation of readers to African literature, with her ‘Wear Nigerian’ Project is also exposing Made-in-Nigeria fashion to the international stage.

See more photos below…

 

 

Osinbajo Says Proper Border Policing’ll Promote Made-In-Nigeria Products

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says made-in-Nigeria products will get more patronage if the country’s borders are effectively policed.

This, according to him, is because secure borders will help limit the influx of counterfeit products into the country and put a lid on smuggling.

The Vice President said this on Thursday when a delegation from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“More importantly, the whole issue is that we are able to police the borders. Last week we had discussions with all the agencies connected; including the Customs, the Minister of Internal Affairs, NPA, and we were looking at how we can work with our neighbours, especially the Benin Republic, and our neighbours also in the North, to police our borders as much as we can,” he said.

To ensure that the country’s border is better policed, the Federal Government is partnering with neighbouring countries.

In addition to securing the borders, the Vice President believes certain sections of the country’s laws should be amended to attract stringent monetary penalties for defaulters, a move that would deter others.

Smuggling and the influx of counterfeit products have been perennial challenges for the country’s authorities and manufacturers.

Both issues have stunted the growth of the manufacturing sector and should they be brought under control, the manufacturing sector is expected to benefit.

Such a situation is something the Federal Government has said is critical and Vice President Osinbajo reiterated that the major focus of the Buhari administration’s Ease of Doing Business reforms was to increasing patronage for locally manufactured goods, as well as to create an enabling environment for the private sector and businesses in the country to thrive.

“The whole point of the Executive Order on promoting “Made-in-Nigeria” products was to set the ball rolling, to create an environment for this sort of initiative, and I am extremely grateful to MAN for the work that it has done in bringing this to the fore,” he said.

The Vice President said this when a delegation of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) paid a visit to him today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President MAN, Frank Jacobs, who led the delegation, presented a report on the association’s advocacy campaign for patronage of Made-in-Nigeria products to Professor Osinbajo during the visit.

Jacobs explained that the advocacy campaign was not only aimed at improving the patronage of locally manufactured products by Nigerians but to also help create more jobs for Nigerians in the local manufacturing sector by reducing imports.

Osinbajo assured the delegation that the Federal Government would consider the request made by MAN for a 35 percent margin of preference for Made-in-Nigeria products for government procurement.

“I think that, in this particular case, the 35 percent threshold is entirely reasonable. We should be able to do better than that in terms of driving government procurement,” Osinbajo said.

Shoprite Showcases Made In Nigeria Goods

In line with the Federal Government’s push to buy, patronise and invest in locally made goods, Shoprite stores has opened an exhibition to showcase its goods which are now 80 per cent made in Nigeria.

Several entrepreneurs from across the country attended the exhibition which took place at the Ikeja City Mall.

Meanwhile, the management of Shoprite stated that they are committed to encouraging more production and patronage of indigenous products and booting SMSE’s in Nigeria.

Osinbajo: Patronise ‘Made-In-Nigeria’ Goods To Drive Economy

Yemi Osinbajo, Made-In-Nigeria, Economy, Chris Ngige, Kayode FayemiActing President Yemi Osinbajo has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s determination to drive the Nigerian economy with locally manufactured products.

Professor Osinbajo made the pledge at the 2017 National Productivity Day in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

According to him, the current economic realities indicate that continued dependence on importation is not sustainable.

He, however, called for the patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods.

“Permit me to make a comment on made-in-Nigeria initiative, which has also been recognised here.

“As the president said in his 2017 budget speech, we must grow what we eat and we must use what we make; we must patronise made-in-Nigeria products to encourage local production,” Professor Osinbajo said.

Bedrock Of Every Economy

In his opening remarks, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, stressed the importance of the occasion.

“We are here today to celebrate and reward excellence in service by recognising individuals and organisations that have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the nation.

“The National Productivity Day is therefore a day we set aside to demonstrate that high productivity is the bedrock of every economy.

“It is time to reflect on ways of energising all sectors of the economy towards our goal of institutionalising productivity consciousness and excellence in service,” the minister said.

Celebrating Criminal Brigands

The Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on his part highlighted the importance of a reward system in encouraging local entrepreneurship.

“Society can only develop and be productive when our reward systems are robust and effective.

“Good must be rewarded and evil must be punished; government can however, not do this alone.

“It is a task we must all tackle collectively right from the family unit to our community to the nation at large.

“We can only make progress and be productive when we stop celebrating criminal brigands and start recognising unsung heroes in our society,” the minister said.

The National Productivity Day has been set aside by the Federal Government to promote local production of goods and services, as well as reward indigenous entrepreneurs who are contributing to the growth of the economy.

At the 2017 edition, 15 individuals and five organisations were rewarded by the government for their contributions to Nigeria’s economy.

Women Empowerment: Group Trains 300 Persons In Osun

Women Empowerment: Group Trains 300 Persons In OsunA non-profit organisation under the aegis of United African State has trained 300 craftswomen in Osun State, in areas such as bead making, fashion designing, batik, tye and dye among others, with a view to making them self-reliant.

Speaking on the objective of the organization, Ambassador, Nurudeen Ogunlade, said the initiative was designed to empower the women economically as a strategy to reduce poverty in the society in line with the vision 2020.

Ogunlade said the women drawn from all the 30 local government areas in Osun state, have been equipped with different skills and that they would also be exposed to international markets to sell their products.

He added that his organization in collaboration with another group known as All Work of Life (AWOL), is assisting Osun women on capacity building and guiding them through the business side of their trades.

Ogunlade said his organization also plans to cultivate the women to be advocates of world peace, free expression, environmental harmony, universal human love and appreciation of native culture.

He said the women in Osun would also be mobilised and encouraged to lend their voices to the war that has been waged against corruption and corrupt individuals by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ogunlade then went ahead to commend the Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, for the massive infrastructural development in the state, particularly in the aspect of road constructions, newly built schools and other projects that targeted the women and children in the state including the school feeding programme.

He however disclosed that out of the 300 women that participated in the training, 20 would be taken to a Business Expo Exhibition in Belize, near Cuba in Central America, to showcase their made in Nigeria products.

World Bank Predicts Recession Will End In 2017

Abacha LootThe World Bank has predicted that Nigeria will get out of recession and grow its Gross Domestic Product by one per cent in 2017.

In its January 2017 Global Economic Prospects report released on Wednesday, the global lender said that sub-saharan African growth is expected to pick up modestly to 2.9 per cent in 2017 as the region continues to adjust to lower commodity prices.

The World Bank also projects that growth in the advanced economies would edge up to 1.8 per cent in the current year and growth in emerging market and developing economies should pick up to 4.2 percent this year amid modestly rising commodity prices.

Meanwhile, the report is coming few weeks after a London-based World Economics report, stated that Nigeria’s economy is showing little sign that the economy will exit recession over the coming months.

The Nigerian government on the other hand, assured citizens that the country would be out of recession and bounce back stronger in 2017.

 The government, however, cautioned the people to ensure money is spent prudently and on the right things.

Made-In-Nigeria

With the crash in oil prices, in a country that has solely relied on oil as a major source of revenue, the Federal Government has since begun to look for alternative sources of revenue generation.

Areas such as agriculture and manufacturing, have proven to be the most viable means of reviving the nation’s economy, from what has been described as the worst recession in Nigeria’s history.

As part of efforts to combat the situation, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, recently flagged off a Made-in-Nigeria challenge, aimed at encouraging local manufacturers and entrepreneurs in the country.

Senate President Flags Off Made-In-Nigeria Competition

Private sector, Government, Economic development, sarakiNigeria’s Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Monday, flagged off a Made-in-Nigeria challenge, aimed at encouraging local manufacturers in the country.

He made the announcement in a statement posted on his twitter handle, where he also said that in the next few weeks, products that have the potential to grow sustainable business, expand the market and create jobs would be selected.

According to him, selected persons would then meet with business owners, investor and government agencies in order to promote their growth.

Saraki said, by March 2017, some of the finalists in the challenge would be invited for a Made in Nigeria Round-table at the Senate.

In order to participate in the challenge, interested persons have been asked to shoot a short video between 45 seconds and 3-minutes long, showcasing their products or services that serve as alternatives to imported ones.

 Furthermore, “We will also use the opportunity to get feedback on the public procurement act passed by the Senate in 2016, which mandates government agencies to give preference to local manufacturers in the procurement of local products and service,” Saraki stated.

Economic Recession

With the crash in oil prices, in a country that has solely relied on oil as a major source of revenue, the Federal Government of Nigeria has since begun to look for alternative sources of revenue generation.

Areas such as agriculture and manufacturing, have proven to be the most viable means of resuscitating the nation’s economy, from what has been described as the worst recession in Nigeria’s history.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, had stated that the Federal Government was committed to developing local capacity, by using made in Nigeria items in national building plans.

The recent move by the Senate President, seems to be a sure sign that the government is indeed set to improve the manufacturing sector among others, as well as create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship.

It is equally set to improve the quality of made in Nigeria goods in order to make them attractive for export into the international market.

Nigerian Army To Partner Abia State On Made In Aba Products

Nigerian Army To Partner Abia State On Made In Aba ProductsThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has hinted the intention of the Nigeria Army to partner Abia state in patronizing made in Aba products.

He dropped the cheering news during a visit at the Government House, Umuahia, where he acknowledged the receipt of the letter written by Governor Ikpeazu on the patronage of made in Aba products.

Lt Gen Buratai thanked the Governor for the excellent relationship between the government and people and the Nigerian Army hinting that the purpose of the training programmes by the Nigerian Army is to train the troops.

He gave the assurance that the Army do not intimidate the people as is alleged in some quarters.

“We are looking more inwards rather than going out, trying to conserve scarce foreign currency and do more things.

“I want to acknowledge and say that I received your letter sometimes back on the patronage of certain products that you produce as I can see them in my front.

“And I want to let you know that we have long queued into this. The Army has been partnering and been directing our suppliers to contact the producers to ensure that they get made-in-Nigeria products.

“And this move, I want to guarantee will continue, because we are channeling them home so that our local industries can thrive and serve us better,” the COAS said.

Governor Ikpeazu commended the Chief of Army Staff on his efforts at ensuring the unity of the country and for the various operations going on in the Army aimed at optimizing the capacity of his men.

He called for mutual respect for one another as a way of harnessing all the country’s attributes irrespective of tribe and religion in order to maintain the oneness of the country.

Purchase Of Made In Nigeria Shoes Earns Army Senate’s Commendation

army-boot Made In NigeriaThe promotion of made in Nigeria goods and services is a priority for the Nigerian government and this is seen in the commendation that the Nigerian Army has received from the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki for buying Nigerian made shoes.

The army had purchased 50,000 pairs of shoes from local manufacturers in Aba, a production hub in eastern Nigeria, for the use of officers and soldiers.

Lauding the decision, the Senate President said: “The move shows that the military is living up to its billing as an institution that can play vital roles in boosting the national economy”.

A statement by Dr. Saraki’s spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said that the Senate President pointed out that the decision to patronise Made in Nigeria footwear was a good example which showed the force as a pace setter and a truly national institution which is ready to contribute its quota in ending the present economic recession.

Mr Olaniyonu said that the Senate President had been a major supporter of the Aba local manufacturers.

According to him, Senator Saraki urged all the other military and para-military forces like the Air Force, navy, police, civil defence corps and the National Youth Service Corps to emulate the army by immediately banning the purchase of all imported foot wears in preference for locally produced ones.

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, while also praising the Air Force for the co-operation it is forging with the Innoson Motor Group in the area of manufacturing of some air plane 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 patronise 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”, he said.

The Senate President further advised State and Federal Governments to encourage local manufacturers by providing them with necessary infrastructure, soft loans, patronage and helping them to improve on the quality of their goods as well as facilitating their ability to access the export market.

Saraki also implored organised groups like the National Economic Summit Group (NESG), associations in the field of marketing communications and others who can help in the areas of goods packaging, sales promotion and quality enhancement to engage the local manufacturers and see how they can help them broaden their reach and produce goods that can be sold across the world.

“We have an opportunity to turn our challenge to prosperity. We can create mass employment and make the private sector centre of our economy if we can make our small and medium enterprises to prosper. This is a task for all of us and this promotion of Made-in-Nigeria is a cardinal point in the Agenda of the present Senate”, he said.