Tuesday, July 19, 2016

NESG: FG urges Nigerians to patronise locally made goods

The Federal Government on Monday urged Nigerians to patronise `Made-in-Nigeria products’ to strengthen the economy and aid national development.
Mr Udoma Udo Udoma, Minister of Budget and National Planning, made the appeal at the inauguration of the Joint Planning Committee (JPC) for the 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit (NES22) in Abuja. Udoma said that the Federal Government and the National Economic Summit Group decided on the theme, “Made in Nigeria’’ for the NES22 in order to ensure this.

 He said, “the summit would be used to galvanise support from stakeholders on the need to commit to the structural and fiscal challenges required to strengthen the Nigerian economy. The Minister said that in as much as Nigerians were encouraged to patronise locally made products, manufacturers should also endeavour in technologies required to upscale quality for our products. He said the key thrust for the NES22 was to facilitate stakeholders’ discussion and agreement on the practical issues, opportunities, policies and regulations needed to enhance our local products.

 Udoma said the committee would work under the joint coordination of the public sector represented by Dr Tunde Lawal of the ministry and the private sector represented by Dr Biodun Adedipe of the NESG. He said that other members of the committee would be drawn from various sectors of the economy, including the State Governors’ Forum. Udoma therefore urged the committee to take appropriate steps that would further deepen public and private sector participation at the summit to ensure achievement of the expected goals.

 Mr. Asue Ighodalo, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors of NESG, commended Udoma and the Minister of State, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, for their commitment to the NES. Ighodalo expressed optimism that the NES 22 would yield more positive outcomes. Ighadalo said that all that was required was due ownership at the highest levels of the public and private sectors and clear commitment of all actors and stakeholders to the endeavour.

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