The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says he is a passionate patron of products made in Aba and all he is wearing are made locally. The minister disclosed this in Umuahia on Monday at the Federal Government’s town hall meeting and the launch of the national reorientation campaign, “Change Begins With Me”, in Abia.
He said government had also identified patronising Made-in-Nigeria goods and services as key to the success of the policy. “In this regard, I can boldly say that Abia state is a pacesetter. “Today, the state supplies high-quality military boots to our military and that is just one of such impressive ventures by the state. “So, while the state is boosting local production of goods and services, the military is patronising Made-in-Nigeria goods. “It is a symbiotic relationship, and there is no better way to give teeth to the economic diversification policy,’’ he said. The minister said that to encourage patronage of Made-in-Nigeria products, the Federal Government had approved the review of the establishing Act of the Bureau of Public Procurement.
He said the review of the Act would encourage and mandated patronage of local products and services by government institutions even private establishments. The minister said that the policy would resulted ingrowth, development and boosting of the nation’s economy. Mohammed said government had introduced policies to develop Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and approved a 60-day national action plan for ease of doing business in the country.
He said the measures would boost local production and give a much-needed bounce to the nation’s economy. Also, the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Bawa Bwari, said that government had identified 44 viable mineral resources across the country. Bwari said that experts from the developed world had also been engaged in developing bankable data on the resources to attract local and international investors. The minister said that 675,000 mining cooperative societies had been registered by government to encourage local investors in the sector.