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FG urges Nigerians to embrace local products for economic growth

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Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji, has called on Nigerians to shift their preference towards locally made products over imported ones.

Speaking at the 35th Enugu International Trade Fair on Friday, Nnaji emphasized the importance of supporting Made-in-Nigeria goods, highlighting their role in fostering economic independence and showcasing the country’s exceptional quality.

“Supporting products made in Nigeria goes beyond just aiming for economic independence; it’s about expressing our national identity and showcasing the exceptional quality of goods made within our country,” said Nnaji.

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He stressed that this effort encompassed various sectors and was aligned with national goals for economic improvement, as outlined in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s agenda for renewed hope.

“As global markets become more connected, the success of Nigerian products depends on a careful strategy that emphasizes quality, branding, and effective market entry,” Nnaji added.

Highlighting the significance of the Enugu International Trade Fair, Nnaji noted its role as a crucial platform for showcasing Nigerian products, connecting businesses with potential partners worldwide, and promoting trade diversification.

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“With its wealth of agricultural and mineral resources, Enugu State is in a prime position to lead the push for products made in Nigeria,” he remarked.

Nnaji emphasized the need for Enugu State to encourage investment and provide financial incentives to businesses, leveraging its strategic location and the increasing demand for local products to capitalize on significant market opportunities.

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Furthermore, he outlined the Ministry’s commitment to utilizing innovation, science, and technology as primary drivers of economic change, citing initiatives aimed at improving the quality and appeal of locally made products through engineering developments and research efforts.

“Organizations such as the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), and the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) play a vital role in boosting our local production,” he explained.

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