By Daniel Gumm
MINISTER of Commerce and Industry, Achike Udenwa, has emphasised the Federal Governmentâ€™s commitment to bring industrial sector in the country to life.
Udenwa gave the hint at the official launch of the North-West Campaign for the patrnage of Made-in-Nigeria Products which took place in Kano during the week. He said the Federal Government had taken a number of measures to enhance business environment in the country.
He said that about N10 billion out of the N100 billion textile funds had been released to beneficiaries. The gesture, according to the minister, underscores governmentâ€™sdetermination to to revive the nationâ€™s textile industries.
Udenwa, thefore urged the beneficiaries to apply the the funds judiciously so that textile industries could come back to production.
The minister pointed out that with over 140 million people, Nigeriaâ€™s market was large enough to sustain a bubbling domestic industrial sector, if Nigerians look inwards to their local products, urging Nigerians to imbibe the culture of consumer patriotism, and re-orientate themselves to develop a strong and virile economy.
Kano State Governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, in his address read by the Deputy Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Mohammed, said for any nation that wishes to develop as a matter of priority, it must creat internal market dynamism supported by national consumers patronage for its products, which will ultimately boost industrial production and create employment opportunities.