By: Our Correspondent/NNEWI
Pragmatic government policies that will address challenges of power
generation and reduce multiple taxations has been identified as ways to reduce high cost of production by manufacturers in Nigeria.
These were the general agreements by participants and manufacturers in a parley at Nnewi to promote the patronage of made in Nigeria goods and services.
The event which is a one day public sensitization and Mobilization
programme was for patronage of Made-In-Nigeria goods and services.
However, participants and policy makers at the event agreed that before patronage of goods made in Nigeria, the problems facing local manufacturers that force them to produce low quality products to meet market demands must be addressed.
Ending multiple taxations, self electricity generation, and construction of access roads took centre stage of discourse at the event.
The discussion was opened by the State Director National Orientation
Agency, NOA, Barrister Charles Nworji, who corroborated the concerns raised and pointed out the need for perception and attitudinal change amongst Nigerians towards made in Nigeria goods and services.
Dr. Uju Ezenekwe, Head of Department of Economics at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, while speaking on the theme of the event: “Patronage of Made-In-Nigeria Goods and Services: Challenges and Advantages for Anambra State,” asked local manufacturers to invest more in consistent and persuasive advertising.
The President General, Nzuko Ora Nnewi, Sir. Ugochukwu Udemezue
represented by Chief Bonny Obi, led the interactive session where
participants, including representatives of manufacturing concerns, listed some of the challenges facing them.
Nnewi was chosen by the National Orientation Agency to kick start the
patronage of Made in Nigeria goods and services campaign because of
its strategic place in manufacturing in Anambra and Nigeria in general.