Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday declared the 2019 edition of Lagos International Trade Fair open with a call to its citizens to patronise locally-made products and services to grow the nation’s economy.
The President, represented by the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Mariam Katagum, said that the Federal Government was committed to its mandate of providing assistance that would guarantee the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
According to him, this is to ensure that their products meet the acceptable global standards.
“To this end, I want to use this opportunity to reiterate my call for Nigerians to patronise Made-in-Nigeria products and services.
“We must accept our new reality of promoting locally-made products as it is evident that this is where our New Nigeria will be realised.
“That is why I have constantly emphasised that we must be a Nation where we grow what we eat and consume what we produce.
“This has wonderfully led to a massive nationwide agricultural re-awakening which without a doubt remains our most viable option for economic diversification as a government and nation,” he emphasised.
The President said the focus of the government to diversify the economy using the private sector as an arrowhead was ongoing through various efforts such as enhancing the Export Expansion Grant initiative.
He explained that the task of transforming Nigeria to an industrial giant could not be achieved without the needed collaboration with the private sector to ensure an inclusive and sustainable path toward growth, job creation and economic development.