By Emmanuel Elebeke
The Federal government is to establish a Local Patronage Unit to monitor the level of patronage of made in Nigerian goods.
This was confirmed at a meeting between the minister of Science and Technology and Trade and Investment held in Abuja.
It will be recalled that the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo recently signed three Executive Orders with the aim of boosting patronage of made in Nigeria goods.
In her talking points at the meeting, the minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar presented the request to the ministry of Science and technology, saying that the unit when established would help government monitor the level of compliance to the EO3.
The Minister also requested that the ministry should consider hosting technology fair similar to trade expos to encourage local research and development so that scientists can come forth to showcase their inventions and innovations for industries to appropriate.
Abubakar further urged the science and technology ministry to establish industrial collaboration among all its parastatals that have link with industrial sector to boost the production of made in Nigeria goods.
She however, called on all MDAs to put structures in place to actualize the objective of the Executive Order 3.
In order to achieve uniformity of the purpose, she said all agencies of government should monitor, enforce, implement and compliance of the EO3 and local content stipulations in the procurement Act.
Responding, the minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu promised to implement all the prayers made by his counterpart in the Industry, Trade and Investment ministry.
He added that the objective of Made in Nigeria Goods will remain a mirage unless the country deploys the appropriate technology.
He reinstated that science and technology remains the only vehicle through which Nigeria can actualize its goal of becoming a self sufficient nation in production of goods and service.
He also noted that with the help of technology in production of goods and services, Nigeria would earn more foreign exchange and consequently end capital flight, which is currently having a negative toll on the economy.