Apparently disturbed by the free fall of the Naira, Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Dr Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has advocated quality of ‘Made in Nigeria’ products to ensure effective patronage by Nigerians.
The paramount ruler while addressing a press conference to herald the 2016 ‘Lisabi Festival’ at his palace in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital yesterday said people can not be blamed for their appetite for foreign products since the local ones are short of expected quality.
Oba Adedotun however advised the local manufacturers to improve the quality of their production by imitating the foreign products.
According to Alake, the way out to the current economic status of the coutry and the spate of unemployment is to show the youth population the way of entrepreneurship.
The Monarch said the 30th Festival which runs through 29th February to March 6, 2016 is targetted at empowering the youths by opening their eyes to the potentials of small and medium enterprises.
Alake said the theme of the festival to be sponsored by an indiginious telecommunication giant in Africa is ‘Creating Wealth through small and medium enterprises.
He said part of the programme is to dimistify white colar job by organising seminars for the youths and opening their eyes to potentials of being an employers of labour.
“We have looked at the failure of the economy and what we want is for people to see themselves as employers of labour, we want more people to set up their own business and stop roaming the street.
“There are potentials in each person and when you talk about starting a business, people talk about capitals but the capital is in their heads once you have determination to succeed.
“The way out of unemployment and the state of Nigeria economy, enterpreneurship is the answer,” he said.
He said the palace has also organised training for 87 participants in areas of soap making, catering and tie and die adding that the best participant will be given free equipments.
The Monarch said the greatest achievement of Lisabi Festival is the unity of Egbaland.