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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.
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.
Acting 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.
A 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.
The 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.
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.
Nigeria’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.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has reaffirmed its commitment to diversifying the nation’s economy to reduce its dependence on oil.
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, made the declaration on Wednesday at the end of the National Economic Summit Group (NESG).
He said the proposed shift from oil resources would help create jobs, reduce poverty and contribute to the nation’s socio economic development.
At the moment, the nation’s economy is in recession.
Mr Udoma explained that the government would achieve this through a synergy with members of the organised private sector.
He added that the government was eager towards diverting from its over dependence on petroleum resources to other sectors of the economy.
As the NESG meeting comes to an end, experts have been deliberating on how to improve the Nigerian economy through the patronage of locally produced goods.
One of the participants, Lanre Akinbo, is hopeful that key recommendations identified at the gathering will serve as a starting point for the successful implementation of the Made in Nigeria campaign.
The 22nd edition of the NESG meeting opened on Monday in Abuja, with participants looking to come up with strategies that would spur economic growth through heightened patronage of made in Nigeria goods and services.
The theme for this year’s summit is ‘Made In Nigeria’ and the organisers of the summit say they are looking to re-emphasise the message that the productive capacity of the Nigerian economy has to be developed as much as possible.
Need For Diversification
In his opening address, President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria had no other choice at the moment than to diversify its economy to break its reliance on oil.
He was happy with the theme of the summit, saying it “lies at the heart of so many of the efforts we are making to lead us through these troubled times and to lay a firm foundation for the future”.
He added that there was apparently no other way to steer Nigeria out of its present economic predicament without building a strong economic foundation on Made-in-Nigeria goods and services.
On the sidelines of the summit, the Vice Chairman of the NESG, Sola David-Borha, told Channels Television that stakeholders would discuss issues affecting Nigeria’s economy and proffer solutions that will reflate the economy and subsequently bring growth.
Mrs David-Borha, who is also the CEO of Stanbic IBTC Holdings, said the group believes that patronising made in Nigeria goods and services will spur the growth of the economy that is already in recession.
President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria has no other choice at the moment than to diversify its economy to break its reliance on oil.
The president made the statement while declaring open the 22nd Nigeria Economic Summit in Abuja.
“I am so delighted that you have chosen as your theme Made-in-Nigeria, which lies at the heart of so many of the efforts we are making to lead us through these troubled times and to lay a firm foundation for the future.
“We need to diversify the economy so that we never again have to rely on one commodity to survive as a country, so that we can produce the food we eat, make our own textiles, produce most of the things we use and create the right environment for our young people to be able to innovate and create jobs through technology,” he said.
The President added that there was apparently no other way to steer Nigeria out of its present economic predicament without building a strong economic foundation on Made-in-Nigeria goods and services.
In an earlier speech delivered by Doyin Salami, a professor of economics and member of the Monetary Policy Committee, he said Nigeria needed to quickly work out a comprehensive development plan.
Professor Salami in his analysis of Nigeria’s present economic landscape in the local and international context, warns that the numbers are not in the country’s favour.
In the international market, he said: “International monetary policy, in particular, doesn’t look good for us. The dollar is strengthening and the likelihood over the next 18 months in particular is that the dollar will continue to be strong.
“That’s bad news for us by the way, because it also means a lower demand for crude oil”.
Professor Salami, however, accused the Buhari government of not effectively communicating some of its policies which in turn affects investor’s confidence.
He said Nigeria in the short term must boost the confidence of investors, articulate its development plan, with complementary monetary and fiscal policies and institutionalise a public procurement drive for Made-In-Nigeria goods.
Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, has said that the primary objective of government’s fiscal stimulus plan is not to sell off all major critical national assets but to source immediate funds to reflate the economy and implement capital projects in the 2016 budget.
Senator Udoma gave the explanation in Lagos at the weekend while briefing reporters on the forthcoming Nigerian Economic Summit.
He said the intention of the government was just to get enough money to fund the 2016 budget and get the economy back on the path of recovery.
Government, he stated, needed to inject a large dose of funds into the system to get the economy back on track and to faithfully implement the provisions in the capital budget tailored at reflating the economy and aiding the diversification process.
Senator Udoma further explained that the country had lost almost half its expected revenue and would need to urgently source for the shortfall to enable the government faithfully implement the budget.
“This unfortunate scenario prompted the Economic Management Team to urgently work out a fiscal stimulus plan to generate immediate large injection of funds into the economy through asset sales, advance payment for license rounds, infrastructure concessioning, use of recovered funds, among others, to reduce the funding gap.
“The other option would have been to source for additional loans, beyond the level of borrowing already projected for in the 2016 Budget.
“This would not be a wise option as it would raise the level of debt service to an unsustainable level.” a statement by the Minister’s spokesman, Akpandem James, read.
“Spend Our Way Out Of Recession”
Senator Udoma explained, however, that the government was exploring several angles in the asset sales proposal including repurchase options, which would make provision for buy-back of those assets when the situation improves.
The Minister insisted that the country’s economy may not have gone into recession but for the drastic fall in oil production levels due to disruptions caused by militant activities.
“At worst, it would have been a flat performance that would have sign-posted a new curve in the economy trajectory that would subsequently put it on the path to recovery and sustainable growth,” he pointed out.
Senator Udoma went on to say that the Government appreciated that the down-turn in the economy had brought hardship to the people, but he assured Nigerians that the government was committed to redressing the situation.
“Our goal is to unlock the economic potentials of the non-oil and high-employment sectors, so as to achieve a sustainable inclusive growth that will ensure that the majority of Nigerians become more productive, thereby reducing poverty.
“Thus, we are deliberately working towards diversifying the Nigerian economy by ensuring that the non-oil sector drives the economy because this is the sector that contributes the most to GDP; and has more capacity to employ,” he further explained.
The basic strategy, he pointed out, was to reflate the economy through fiscal stimulus and strategic implementation of annual budgets.
“What this means is that we are geared to strategically spend our way out of recession.
“Unfortunately, we have not met all our planned expenditures for 2016 due to low revenue outturns.
“However, we have ensured that the resources that we release are targeted at priorities that will stimulate activities in the economy.
“We are also developing a more robust monitoring and evaluation framework to track performance,” he stated.
Getting Back The Economy
Senator Udoma highlighted that the current situation, bad as it is, had provided Nigeria with an opportunity to revamp the economy and put it on the path to sustainable growth; but in doing so, Nigerians must reduce their demand for foreign products, focus attention on refining petroleum products locally, return to agriculture, develop the solid minerals’ sector and stay the course even if the price of oil goes up again.
The Minister believes that getting back the economy on the path of sustainable growth will require the contribution of every sector in their respective core mandate areas, and collaboration with organs like the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) provides a veritable avenue for forging consensus on issues of national development whilst evolving a common strategy and policy framework for addressing issues constraining development.
This year’s edition of the Economic Summit, which holds between October 10 and 12, is designed to encourage more production and consumption of Made in Nigeria goods and services.
It is believed that “with more patronage, Nigerian producers will be encouraged to improve the quality of their products. As the quality of Nigerian-made goods and services improve, international demand for them will increase.
“The fastest route to grow the economy and to create jobs for the teeming population is by pursuing export led growth. Export led growth will add to the country’s foreign reserves and stabilize the Naira”.
The Minister pointed out that past Nigerian Economic Summits made recommendations on self-sufficiency in local production and an export-driven economy.
With current economic realities, this is the perfect opportunity to articulate a national discussion on “Made in Nigeria” to promote the goods and services that are already up to standards for consumption, encourage exports and increase opportunities for SMEs.
According to him, “this year’s Summit will provide a platform to sharpen the focus of the conversation.
The key thrust would be to facilitate stakeholders’ discussions/agreements on the practical issues, opportunities, policies and regulations needed for “Made in Nigeria” to become an economic growth and development destination.
“It will also seek to articulate the strategies to achieve self-sufficiency and value-addition capacities for several products and services in the shortest possible time.
“The sub-themes of the Summit shall deliberate on the macroeconomic environment; ease of doing business; stakeholders’ behaviour and attitudes; access to finance; infrastructure; quality and standards; technology and innovation; as well as job creation, skills and youth employment,” he added.
The key outcomes of the Summit, he noted, “are expected to include the development of practical roadmap that will contextualise “Made in Nigeria” as an economic growth and development strategy for our short, medium and long term development partnerships and policies to deliver desired results and potentials for exports to increase foreign exchange earnings and shore up our reserves.
“The Summit will also emphasise the strong need for execution and proper measurement of results on the part of all stakeholders”.