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Lagos Trade Fair: Buhari urges Nigerians to patronize made-in-Nigeria products, services

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to patronize made-in-Nigeria products and services, so as to guarantee the growth of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

This is even as the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu restated the commitment of his Administration to promoting ideas that will ensure Lagos remains Africa’s model megacity.

In his keynote address, at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Lagos International Trade Fair, on Friday, President Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Katagun reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to providing assistance that would guarantee the growth of MSMEs in ensuring that their products meet with acceptable global standard

He stated that the task of transforming Nigeria into an industrial giant could not be achieved without the needed collaboration with the private sector to ensure an inclusive and sustainable path towards growth, job creation and economic development.

“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 and that is why I have constantly emphasized that we must be a nation where we grow what we eat and consume what we produce”, President Buhari added.

Also speaking at the event, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, said, “Let me assure you that as Africa’s model megacity and a melting point of business and industrial activities in the sub-region, we will not rest on our oars until the economic landscape of our State is transformed and repositioned to meet the expectations of the business community and also achieve the goal of becoming a destination of choice for Foreign Direct Investment,” he said.

He stated that the task of building a 21st Century economy required a commitment to promoting and connecting business across transnational borders, which he said remained strong and unshaken.

The governor, however, promised to improve the ease of doing business in the State by delivering “innovative incentives and interventions, as well as quality service delivery by a well-motivated public service.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the President, Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mr Babatunde Ruwase FCA commended the state government for its regular interest and support for the annual trade fair which had over the years remained an avenue for producers, service providers and end-users to converge and facilitate trade and commerce.

Speaking further, the President emphasized that the theme of the fair underscored the importance of robust business interaction to generate wealth and create value for the advancement of the Nigeria economy and the welfare of the citizens.

He, therefore, urged the government to ensure that the nation’s economic and investment policies were friendly to make the country a major investment hub in Africa.

According to him “we need the right policies as well as a strong commitment to infrastructural development to revive investors’ confidence in our economy. Our policies must be one that supports the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise, so they can impact substantially on the economy in terms of growth, job creation and value generation.”

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