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  • Onu restates FG commitment to promote made in Nigeria products
  • Uyo – Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of
    Science and Technology on Thursday restated
    the commitment of the ministry to promote the
    patronage of made in Nigeria products and
    services.
    Onu said this while declaring open a two-day
    dialogue and sensitisation programme with
    stakeholders on the promotion of made in
    Nigeria products in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
    “The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology
    is indeed committed to ensuring that we
    patronise made in Nigeria products and
    services,” he said.
    He said that the ministry had produced a road
    map that would create a synergy with the Civil
    Society of Organisations (CSOs) for the growth of
    the country.
    Onu said that several investors had shown
    interest to invest in the products and services
    that would encourage Made in Nigeria products.
    He said that the ministry would partner with
    CSO coalition to inform Nigerians to support and
    ensure patronage of indigenous products and
    services.
    “The CSO is very dynamic in the country, we
    want to work with you through your
    representative NGO network.
    “Please always attend to us and always support
    us to promote made in Nigeria products and
    services, ” he said.
    Onu was represented at the occasion by Mr E. J
    Udoh, the Director, Science and Technology
    Promotion, Federal Ministry of Science and
    Technology.
    According to him, the ministry will host the
    second Technology and Innovation Expo in
    Abuja in March 2018.
    He urged the CSOs to bring entrepreneurs into
    production and services that would promote
    made in Nigeria products during the expo.
    Dr Lanre Adebayo, the Director General, Centre
    for Applied Policy and Social Advocacy (CAPSA),
    Abuja, said that Nigeria was importing almost
    everything before the present government came
    to power.
    He said that Nigeria imported N67 trillion worth
    of raw materials in the past 10 to 15 years.
    “But when this government came on board one
    of the things it did was to reverse this trend by
    coming up with economic, growth and recovery
    plan,” he said.
    He said that so far, the plan was successfully
    reversing the trend where Nigerians import
    virtually everything.
    Adebayo said that if this plan was sustained, the
    government would revive the economy to
    eventually bring about growth in the country.
    “Government hopes to revive the economy by
    seven per cent and it is also one of the means
    to take the country out of recession.
    “Our proposal is to dialogue and sensitise
    ourselves on promotion of made in Nigeria
    products,” he said.
    He said that when we promote made in Nigeria
    products, it would save our foreign exchange.
    Mr Udo Ekpenyong, the State Commissioner for
    Local Government and Chieftaincy, said that
    President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration
    had encouraged businesses to thrive.
    Ekpenyong, represented by Mr Godwin Inyeng,
    Senior Special Assistant to the Commissioner,
    expressed optimism that the recession would be
    over before the end of year 2017.
    He said that Nigeria needed proper legislative
    framework to protect local producers and
    encouragement through patronage in the coming
    years.
    Inyeng said the law, when put in place would
    attract a lot of of benefits to the Nigerian
    economy including better employment
    opportunities and poverty alleviation.
    He said that the law would also offer the much
    needed protection for local industries.
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