By Naomi Uzor
The Executive Director,Inonso Technical and Industrial Company, Mrs. Amaka Chukwuma has urged the Federal Government to muster the courage to discourage importation of finished goods.
Speaking during the interactive session between the Ministry and the manufacturers from the South East zone held at Inonson Technical and Industrial Company complex, Emene, Enugu state, Chukwuma said that the ministry campaign for patronage of Made in Nigeria Products has given them the encouragement to forge ahead, adding that 60-70 per cent of raw materials for their factory were sourced locally.
â€œGovernment must definitely stand on this policy to keep the industries in production and eventually reduce unemployment and criminal activities among youthsâ€ she saidÂ The manufacturers mentioned among other things the power supply problem as it affects the industrial sector, the issue of high cost of AGO (Diesel) and multiple taxation as well as roads were highlighted for government attention.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar pointed out that the campaign for Patronage of Made in Nigeria products was aimed at increasing productivity, enhancing export of non export products and decreasing the importation of consumable goods.
Abubakar made this statement through its representative, Alhaji Usman Gwandu, Director Commodity and Produce Inspectorate during the interactive session said that their inspection of products at the factory has confirmed that they were producing quality products which can compete in the international market.