By Franklin Alli
Local Manufacturers have replied the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chief Achike Udenwa saying â€œWe have enough production capacity to supply the demand of 150 million Nigerians.â€
The Minister, it will be recalled, recently challenged the manufacturers to prove to Nigerians that their production capacity can meet the market demands of the Nigerian consumers before Government will embark on campaign for Made in Nigeria Products.
Responding, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Textile Manufacturers, Mr. Jaiyeola Olarewaju who spoke on behalf of operators in the sector said that the industry has the production capacity to meet the demands of the consumers but however regretted that presently there was no market for their products.Â He therefore called on government for the patronage and the political will to protect the Nigerian Industries from foreign invaders, promising that they would join hands with the government to make the campaign a success.
They appealed to governments and Nigerians to patronize locally made products which of good quality and have been certified by Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON).
But the Minister during an interactive session with the manufacturers to deliberate on the need for the launching of a national campaign for Made-in-Nigeria Products, pointed out that it was not enough to convince Nigerians to buy Made-in-Nigeria products without addressing the demand side to ensure the availability of products.
He said that what we want to ask the major producers is, supposing we get Nigerians to buy your products, can you satisfy the markets.Â It is not enough for us to convince people to buy Made-in-Nigeria Products and you go to the market but do not see the products.
He gave the assurance that if the manufacturers are sure of supplying the Nigerian market, Government will carry out the campaign in all corners of the country.
He Minister said that the quality of locally manufactured products are very high, if not people will not travel out to fake Nigeria products and ship them back to Nigeria to sell them.Â He said that once we start patronizing Nigeria products, the manufacturers will improve on the quality and called upon every Nigerian to patronize Made-in-Nigeria products.
â€œOnce we start patronizing fully those products that are made in Nigeria, the manufacturers can continuously improve on its quality, we need to encourage them by patronizing Made in Nigeria products.
He further stated that government was determined in its procurement policies to give preference to goods made in Nigeria and urged Nigerians to join hands with the present administration to make the campaign a success.