Onu urges manufacturers to use locally-sourced raw materials
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has urged manufacturers to use locally sourced raw materials for production, and ensure that the quality of produce compete with global standards. Onu added that this move will drive global competitiveness and further boost local manufacturer’s contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Speaking during the 4th yearly manufacturing and equipment expo, the minister said the Ministry was ready to utilise available resources to solve industry challenges. Adding that the exhibition was a platform to bridge the gap between manufacturers and relevant stakeholders, he said: “We cannot continue to have only nine per cent of manufacturing industry quota in the GDP. Imagine when this is increased, we will be in the position to find jobs for people. We can double our GDP if we continue to improve on our competitiveness.
The Expo is for people to discuss and be aware of what is available. Our work is to strengthen the link between the government, manufacturers and researchers.”Citing China as an example, Onu said Nigeria can also use its large population to the economy’s advantage.
“If China can find job for its huge population, then we can. Our population alone is a major source of income,” he added.The minister charged stakeholders to increase interaction with the Ministry to guide relevant agencies for job and wealth creation in Nigeria.
President, Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mansur Ahmed, noted that the collaboration is to create opportunity for development on a consistent basis.
“The research institution has done well to produce technology and innovations that can be taken to the market. We also noticed a gap between researchers, manufacturers and the market, which this expo is aimed at bridging to grow the economy. The expo got over 2000 exhibitors and about 12 countries represented with locally made products ranging from food and beverages, telecoms, clothing and textiles, electricity, among others.
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