Agency urges Nigerians to patronize local products

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The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of patronizing made-in-Nigeria goods and services for the growth and development of the nation’s economy.

Mrs Yomi Olasinde, the Osun Director of the agency, made the call during a sensitization programme in Osogbo, Osun state capital, South-West Nigeria.

The sensitization programme was tagged “Patronize Made-in-Nigeria Products and Services.”

Olasinde said the economy of a nation could only grow when locally made goods and services were promoted through patronage by the citizens.

“The major problems of Nigeria’s economy are over-dependence on imported goods which weakens the currency, creates unemployment and consistently reduces the Gross Domestic Product,”  she said.

She said by patronizing local products, the nation would become self-reliant economically, adding that Nigerians must change their orientation about foreign products.

Also speaking, Mr Olawuyi Samuel, a representative of Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) also urged Nigerians to patronize made-in-Nigeria products which meet standards to encourage local producers and create jobs.

Mr Gboyega Olowoporoku, a representative of the state Ministry of Agriculture Food and Security, on his part, urged Nigerians to embrace farming to drive the economy.

Amaka E. Nliam