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By Prince Okafor
The Chairman, Ogun State Council of National Union of Civil Engineering Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers NUCECFWW, Midian Nanle has urged the federal government to create an organised furniture market to boost the manufacturing sector in Nigeria.
He accused the government of lacking the will-power to create enabling environment to encourage individuals with skills to put them into practice.
Speaking at the ongoing Lifemate Trade Exhibition event in Abeokuta tagged “2018 Lifemate Abeokuta Trade Fair”, Nanle advised the government to give soft loan of at lest 1.5 million naira and above to encourage people with furniture skills to start up their business.
“The problem we have in Nigeria is that we don’t have the human capacity and the government at the centre lacks the will-power to create the enabling environment to encourage people that have those skills to put them into practice.
“In this company, there are people that have been trained well and who want to start their own business but no capital to buy machine and other take off equipment. So, if soft loans are provided, people will be encouraged to start up something” he said. Nanle who was impressed with the quality of materials used for producing furniture in his company, said the company will be of great value to Ogun state government in terms of revenue generation, employment and tax payment.
According to him, the company is investing in Nigeria by training workers on how to operate high standard machineries that produce most of the products, adding that almost all the goods are produced by Nigerians and only being supervised by Chinese.
He further revealed that some of the materials used are sourced locally but the standard can be compared to Italian furniture but produced by the Chinese. The Managing Director, Lifemate Nigeria Limited, Dai Derek, said good policies are needed to boost the country’s economy as China was like Nigeria 25 years ago but now is among the leading countries as a result of good policies.
Derek stressed that they are not here only to do business but to invest, create employment, pay tax and train Nigerians on how to produce good furniture.
He however, advised the government to reduce tax to attract investors, wishing that the company can source all their production materials in Nigeria.
“The problem is we can’t get leather materials in Nigeria as I hope to get all the accessories and materials here so that there will be no need to import from China or Italy” he said.
The exhibition which kicked off August 17, is billed to end August 31st. The exhibition is running along side the Ileya promo where rams will be distributed to customers.