The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelema, on Tuesday appealed to Nigerians to begin to patronise made-in-Nigeria products.

Enelema made the appeal in Lagos at the opening ceremony of a Three-Day Manufacturing Expo on Manufacturing Partnership and Development.

Represented by the Ministry’s Director of Industrial Development and Inspectorate Department, Mrs Tanwa Awobokun, Enelema said that it was imperative for Nigerians to patronize locally-manufactured products.

“I am appealing to all Nigerians to buy Made-in-Nigeria products as a matter of service to our nation.

“This administration has identified the manufacturing sector as one of its drivers of the nation’s economy.

“This exhibition is coming at a time when the Nigerian government is really committed to diversifying its economy,’’ he said.

The Minister said that his ministry was strategically positioned to play a “pivotal role’’ in the economic transformation of Nigeria.

He said that the ministry would be focusing on creating the enabling environment for the sector to thrive, as well as ensuring the effective implementation of Nigeria’s Industrial Revolution Plan.

According to him, the strategic plan is to support local manufacturing of goods and services for local and international consumption.

The President of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr Frank Jacobs, said that the exhibition was to “jointly’’ articulate the road-map for further development of Nigeria’s manufacturing sector.

Jacobs commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his administration’s ongoing efforts at diversifying the Nigerian economy, as well as his interest in making the nation’s manufacturing sector a strong element for national development.

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