MINISTER of State for Industry,
Trade and Investment, Hajia
Aisha Abubakar has disclosed
that in 2015 over N6.7 trillion
was spent on the importation
of goods and services that are
locally produced in the country.
She made this known at
official launch campaign on
patronage of Made in Nigeria
Products organised by the
ministry in collaboration with
the ministry of Information,
yesterday in Abuja.
Against this backdrop
the Minister said appealed
to Nigerians to continue to
patronise made in Nigeria
products to revive and grow
the nation’s economy. She
said that the appeal became
necessary due to the current
economic downturn resulting
to recession, hunger and
inflation in the country.
According to her, “ over
N1.09 trillion was reportedly
spent on imported foods and
drinks;N1.5 trillion on spare
parts, N123.01 billion was
spent on shoes and cloths
while a total of N399 billion on
household items which could
have been spent on our local
industries.”
“If the wave of hardship
being experienced now is not
cushioned by the right policies,
people might become restive
and could affect sustained
peace in the society,”
The minister said that there
was the urgent need for people
to patronise made in Nigeria
products to boost the Nation’s
Gross Domestic Product GDP,
and help the local industries
to grow, thereby creating more
employment opportunities.
She said that if locally
produced products were
always patronised, it would be
highly beneficial to the people
are the highest manufacturers
in the country.’’
He said that there was a
compelling need for people
to start patronising made in
Nigeria products as no nation
could grow economically when
95 per cent it consumables were
imported. She urged state government
and the private sector to comply
with the current government
procurement law towards
giving priority to Nigerian
products in all procurement
activities in the country.
In his remarks, the Minister of
Industry, Trade and Investment,
Dr. Okechukwu Enelemah
said the federal government
was committed to creating
the enabling environment for
made in Nigeria products are
patronised by Nigerians.
Enelemah said government
was not unaware of the
numerous challenges faced
by entrepreneurs, and to this
extent has several policies to
restrict importation particularly
for those products that can be
produce locally in the country.
According to him, “ it is worthy
of note are the milestones being
achieved under the presidential
Committee on Ease of doing
Business EODB, this would
greatly reduce business
constraints and encourage
industries to produce more
quality products for Nigerian
market and for exports.”
He highlighted some of
the measures put in place
by the government to
includes,the huge investment
in infrastructure, 30% of the
budget has been proposed
for that, the upgrading of
industrial centres to cluster
as well as providing common
facilities services for MSMEs.


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