Minister of information, according to a statement from the ministry of Information said this in her address in Kano on Friday at a Stakeholders Meeting on “Buy Made-in- Nigeria Products” organised her ministry in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
Mrs. Abubakar said the staggering amount being spent on importation of goods is unacceptable to the present administration hence, the national orientation to change the perception of Nigerians toward patronizing locally made products.
“In 2015 alone, over N6.7 trillion was spent on the importation of goods and services for which the nation can produce locally. N1.09 trillion was reportedly spent on imported foods and drinks; N1.5 trillion on spare-parts; N123.01 billion on shoes and clothes and N399 billion on household items. Imagine if this had been spent on our local industries,” she stated.
She said in government’s determination to encourage the patronage of Made-in-Nigeria products Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo signed the Executive Order 3 aimed at ensuring that 40% goods procured government agencies are made locally.