- The 2019 Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF) was declared open on Friday, November 1
- Speaking at the event, President Buhari made a call to Nigerians to keep patronising made-in-Nigeria goods
- According to the president, this will help bring about the Nigeria of our dreams
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to patronise locally-made products and services so as to grow the economy of the nation.
The president, who was represented by Marian Katagum, the minister of state for industries, trade and investment, at the Lagos International Trade Fair said Nigerians must accept the new reality of promoting locally-made products, Leadership reports.
The fair was organised by Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and will run till November 10, 2019.
According to him, the federal government is committed to its mandate of providing assistance to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and also guaranteeing their growth.
“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," he said.
He said the country must be one which grows and consumes what it produces.
The president added that the massive nationwide agricultural re-awakening is what the nation needs to diversify the economy.
He explained that one of the things the government is doing in the area of diversification is enhancing the Export Expansion Grant initiative.
According to him, the government needed the private sector to collaborate with it in order to transform Nigeria into an industrial giant.
Also speaking at the event, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, said the government would continue to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
Meanwhile, President Buhari arrived Makkah for special prayers on Thursday, October 31. He moved to Makkah just after participating in the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII) held in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
Legit.ng had reported earlier that the president held a closed-door meeting with Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
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