CIPPON deplores printing of election materials abroad
06 May 2022 | 2:46 am
THE Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON), yesterday, deplored Federal Government’s reliance on foreign printers for production of the nation’s ballot papers.
The Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON), yesterday, deplored the Federal Government’s reliance on foreign printers for the production of the nation’s ballot papers.
Led by the president, Olugbemi Malomo, the body made the submission when a delegation visited the Rutam House headquarters of The Guardian to seek the media outfit’s support for a better printing sector.
Malomo explained that the collaboration was to make the printing industry a better place.
He noted that the over N200 billion spent yearly on printing of sensitive and security documents like revenue receipts, vehicle licences, cheque books, ATM cards and passports, could boost the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) if awarded to indigenous printers.
Malomo implored the government to formulate workable policies and support CIPPON’s Paper Summit, where stakeholders would gather to fashion out a roadmap for local production of paper in the short, medium and long terms, as well as crash cost of paper, free up the foreign exchange and generate employment for Nigerians.
Responding, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, Martins Oloja, stated that no matter the revolution in the world, printers would continue to remain in business.
He lamented that the country, especially the government, was not living up to expectations in providing a stimulus package for the newspaper industry to produce educational materials.