President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, November 1, beseeched the citizenry to ensure the uplift of the economy by patronising locally-made goods and services.
Buhari made this appeal via a statement during the Lagos International Trade Fair organised by Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), which will run till November 10.
The president, represented by the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, said: “I want to use this opportunity to reiterate my call for Nigerians to patronise Made-in-Nigeria products and services.
“We must accept our new reality of promoting locally-made products; as it is evident that this is where our New Nigeria will be realised.
“That is why I have constantly emphasised that we must be a Nation where we grow what we eat and consume what we produce.
“This has wonderfully led to a massive nationwide agricultural re-awakening; which without a doubt remains our most viable option for economic diversification as a government and nation.”
Buhari further reiterated the efforts of the Federal Government to diversify the economy through the private sector which is evidenced in various schemes such as the Export Expansion Grant initiative.
He said the task to transform Nigeria into an industrial giant could not be achieved without the needed collaboration with the private sector to ensure an inclusive and sustainable path toward growth, job creation and economic development.
Buhari said that the federal government was committed to its mandate of providing assistance that would guarantee the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
According to him, this is to ensure that their products meet with acceptable global standards.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; assured the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and other investors that the government would continue to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
Sanwo-Olu represented by the Deputy Government, Obafemi Hamzat, said: “Our commitment to promoting and connecting businesses across transnational borders remains strong and unshaken.
“We shall leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Lagos State truly becomes a 21st-century economy which actively supports the growth of the local economy through improved ease of doing business; innovative incentives and interventions, as well as quality service delivery by a well-motivated public service.”