The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has urged Nigerians to join the government in championing the campaign for the patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods in order to improve productivity in the non-oil sector, diversify the economy and create employment.
He said increased patronage of locally-made goods would also lessen the dependency on importation and lead to the strengthening of the naira.
Fayemi stated this in a lecture entitled: ‘Productivity for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Employment’, which he delivered as part of activities marking the 16th National Productivity Day celebration in Abuja on Tuesday.
The event had in attendance the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Mohammed Bello; Minister of State for National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed; Head of the Federal Civil Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita; and the host and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige,.
Fayemi stated that the preference for foreign goods over domestic ones was a misplaced priority, stressing that the citizens must align themselves with the government to tackle what he described as “defective rhetoric” against made-in-Nigeria goods, and ensure a paradigm shift in that regard.
The minister also challenged local manufacturers and entrepreneurs to take the issue of quality assurance more seriously and continuously improve upon their products in order to give the citizens value for their money whenever they patronised local goods.
Noting that societal advancement and productivity had always depended on the entrepreneurial spirit of the citizens, Fayemi challenged authorities of institutions of higher learning in the country to inculcate entrepreneurial and productive spirits in the youth through carefully designed curricula that would increase their productive capacity.
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