As the campaign for the patronage of Made-in- Nigeria products under the present administration gathers momentum, the organisers of “Proudly Nigeria Expo” have called on stakeholders to promote local inventors and innovators.
The event which kicked off on Tuesday in Abuja has on display goods and services from Nigerian inventors and innovators.
Prominent amongst the made-in-Nigeria goods on display is an aircraft manufactured by a physically challenged man, from Kebbi State, Emmanuel Ishaku.
Ishaku is a roadside Welder who manufactured an aircraft with Nigerian made engine.
According to him, he resorted to welding after hunting for a job for many years to no avail. “When I finished school I went in search of a job but could not find any. I decided to set up a roadside welding workshop where I got the inspiration to manufacture an engine.”
“It took me ten years to manufacture the engine for this aircraft but it took just three months to construct the aircraft.”
Ishaku is hoping to get sponsorship to fully develop the aircraft.”
In a related development, the organisers of theExpo tasked the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN to assist in boosting local manufacturing of goods and services.
In her remarks, the Promoter, Mrs. Jumai Ahmadu observed that despite efforts made by previous governments, Nigeria has for long been operating what could be termed as “a cargo economy” that is, mainly import- dependent system whereby the country has been spending billions of dollars at the foreign exchange market just to import goods and services from other countries of the world.
Mrs. Ahmadu, who noted that the high rate of consumption of foreign products by end-users and consumers has become so chronic that anything tagged: ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ is already dead on arrival at the local market, also assured that Expo will correct such negative tendency.

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