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‘Backward integration yielding results’


Food workers under the aegis of the National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE), has commended the Federal Government’s policy on backward integration, saying it has started yielding positive efforts.
With the policy, they said Nigeria could now boast of companies producing tomato paste using 100 percent locally sourced raw materials, thereby generating more jobs.
The union stated this at its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, in Lagos.

President, NUFBTE, Lateef Oyelekan, said the union was delighted that the Federal Government could reinstate the foreign exchange (Forex) windows to the producers of dairy and confectionery products.
He said it became possible in response to the union’s massive campaign and advocacy against the misdirected policy of government in that regard.
Similarly, they charged government to upgrade the standards of locally-produced products in order to Nigerians’ quest for foreign goods.
To achieve this, the union in the resolution jointly signed by the President, Lateef Oyelekan and the General Secretary, Bamidele Busari, said Federal Government must prevail upon bodies saddled with the responsibility of monitoring and controlling standards in the country, such as Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), NAFDAC and others to brace up to ensuring the upgrading of the standard of locally-produced items and imported goods in accordance with International acceptable standards.
Among other resolution at the NEC meeting was the continuous closure of the land borders across the country, which the union hailed government, maintaining that Nigeria presently has the capacity to produce food, beverages, wines and other items locally without importation.
Oyelekan decried that Nigeria has now turned to a dumping ground for foreign products, but reasoned that such can be discouraged through upgrading of standard and proper monitoring of the nation’s border.
He pledged the union’s support to the unprecedented tactics of land borders closure across the country which he said has tremendously curbed the activities of cross borders smugglers specialising in smuggling of beverages, wine, spirit, rice, petroleum products arms and ammunition.

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