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Nigerian industrialists deserve more patronage, recognition

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Lagos-based chartered accountant and business executive, Mr. TobeOlisa Oli, had applauded the recent recognition and award of honorary doctorate degrees on three outstanding Anambra State born-industrialists- Chief Cletus Ibeto of Ibeto Group, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson Motors and Chief Daniel Chukwudozie of Dozzy Oil Group- by the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) and Ebonyi State University for their immense contribution to the growth of the country’s economy and philanthropy has received commendation from across the country.

Oli, who described the trio as giant pacesetters in local manufacturing whose products have individually and collectively put the country on enviable position on the world map, told The Guardian in Nnewi, yesterday, while celebrating the trio, said they were honours well deserved.

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He called on the national/state assemblies, the federal and state governments to pursue the law on patronage of Nigerian-made goods with vigour to encourage these industrialists to do more and better, pointing out that no other nation or nationals would do it for Nigeria.

According to him, in the United Kingdom (UK), no official of state is allowed to use any other car brand other than British-made cars, wondering why the Nigerian governments at all levels cannot do the same by patronising local manufacturers.

He had the trio and other local manufacturers across the country have immensely contributed to the country’s economy, provided millions of direct and indirect employment and livelihood to citizens and donated to educational and health institutions, in form of scholarships, building roads and intervening in dire social and economic situations in parts of the country, even when the operational terrain remained harsh and insecure.

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