AIDE's Patronise Made in Nigeria Products Campaign Photo: The Sun

Group campaigns against imported products, urges local patronage in Nigeria

*The enlightenment campaign project is to spearhead sensitisation and dialogue among key stakeholders, including government, manufacturers, middlemen and consumers on revamping the Nigerian economy through locally manufactured Nigerian goods ─Chimene Samuel, Executive Director of Ambassadors for Initiative for Development and Empowerment

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In a move to consciously promote the manufacturing and patronage of locally manufactured products and indigenous services in Nigeria, the Ambassadors for Initiative for Development and Empowerment (AIDE) has unveiled a fresh campaign against internationally manufactured products imported into the country.

Mr. Chimene Samuel, Executive Director of AIDE, stated the campaign tagged, #BuyNaija2GrowNaija, was created to promote the manufacturing and support for locally produced products and local services in Nigeria, The Sun report said.

Samuel said: “The project has two components: to spearhead the sensitisation and dialogue among key stakeholders, such as government, manufacturers, middlemen and consumers on revamping the Nigerian economy by promoting the market dominance of locally manufactured Nigerian goods.

He said: “To offer spotlight and promotions for local manufacturers, thereby expanding their customer base by bringing their products closer to consumers.”

The Executive Director of AIDE submitted that the organisation is committed to contributing to the growth of the country’s economy.

He therefore, urged the government to implement policies that will encourage the manufacturing of local products.

Dr. Jide Adeniji, Chairman of Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), on the occasion, described the importation of goods by the Federal Government and Nigerians as “a pathetic situation”.

Adeniji said: “We have the greatest forestry in the whole of Africa – sufficient timbers, iroko trees – but unfortunately, Nigeria imports toothpicks.

“There is no mineral that Nigeria does not process; but today, they are being exploited by Indians, Chinese.

“The source of gold in Nigeria is in a village called Ilesha. The Chinese have taken over the place.

“There is also gold in Zamfara State, but some self-centered people exploring it for their own selfish interest. The Nigerian situation is very pathetic.”

He further emphasised the hugeness of Nigeria’s natural resources and endowments, stressing that every part of Nigeria is fruitful and productive.

Nigeria needs to be united in its diversities in order to utilise the resources for the benefits of all Nigerians, said the FERMA chief.

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