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FG to spend N.2bn on “Made in Nigeria” campaign

By Henry Umoru
The Federal government will spend  N200 million on the campaign to  promote patronage for “Made -In-Nigeria” goods.Minister for Commerce and Industry, Chief Achike Udenwa disclosed this in Abuja at a ceremony to flag off the campaign. Udenwa said  that President Umaru Yar’Adua would formally launch the campaign on Tuesday, 13th October, 2009 at Eagle Square.

He said, “The amnesty recently granted to Niger Delta minitants is a laudable programme especially in view of the response from the militants.”But after the disarmament the next thing is to rehabilitate them. After the exercise many of them would be thrown into the labour market and if t

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hey are retrained but not gainfully employed, they will go back to where they came from which will not be good for the country hence the need for the patronage of Made in Nigeria goods to boost our local industries”.

The Minister said  if the country must achieve the set target of becoming one the twenty largest economies of the world, there is  need to revitalize and ginger the private sector to be more active and employ more people  than the public sector through the patronage of their goods. He  added  that the problem with Nigerians is ego which he said is    killing our products and not the quality of goods manufactured as the products were capable of competing with others in the world.

The Minister  noted that if all Uniforms used by the Armed forces, the Police, Paramilitary are from made in Nigeria Textile, there will be huge earnings in the country, adding that the industries are not working because Nigerians are not patronizing their products.

He pointed out that many preferred to make use of foreign products regardless of the quality so far it has foreign label. He said that ,“The problem we are having is that there is apathy by Nigerians to patronize made in Nigeria goods not because it is inferior, but pride that we are using foreign products, this ought not to be rather the pride should be in made in Nigeria goods. Attitudinal change is our problem and if our economy must grow, our attitude must change”.

Highlighting the advantages in the patronage of made in Nigeria goods, the minister said apart from creating employment for the unemployed youth, and alleviation of poverty, noted that Nigeria has a large market and if we manufacture here, we can sell in the country as well as sell to other parts of the world, but the challenge is that we must first give acceptability to own products before it could be acceptable outside “we must consume our own product first before other could follow suit”.

He  lamented that about 60 percent of Nigeria foreign exchange earning is spent on the purchase of foreign products and this translates to  importation of unemployment and exportation of employment to other countries.

The Minister said the nation’s foreign exchange earnings should rather be channelled into the development of the nation’s economy, capital projects, trade, mining, solid minerals. He  warned that if the economy is not diversified and the oil price collapses, the economy would crumble, adding that it is against this backdrop that the government is calling for patronage of made in Nigeria products to reduce dependence on oil for the nation’s foreign exchange earnings .


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