- The Air Force chief, Air Marshal Sadeeq Abubakar, has given his views about the standard of locally made products
- After his visit to the Zaria Industries Limited (ZIL), Abubakar said that there is nothing local about the quality of tarpaulin produced by the firm
- The Air Force boss said that the command will begin to patronise the firm since it produces high-standard stuff
Air Marshal Sadeeq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (COAS), has called on Nigerians to have high regard for locally-made products, adding that there is actually nothing substandard about them.
Abubakar made this observation after his visit to the Zaria Industries Limited (ZIL), which is into the manufacturing of tarpaulins.
The Air Force boss said that he was impresssed with everything he saw at the factory and even went ahead to say henceforth, the ZIL will enjoy patronage from the command.
He said that the proposed move is in keeping with the federal government's policy of supporting local establishment for economic growth and development.
Abubakar said: “I am highly impressed by what I have seen here and I have assured the MD that the Nigerian Air Force will patronise their products; they are of high quality.
“The factory would provide solutions to so many of the problems confronting the Nigerian Air Force."
On his part, the managing director of the firm, Alhaji Ilyas Saleh, said that ZIL is not just the first manufacturer of cotton canvas tarpaulin in all of West Africa, it is also the only one for now which makes use of locally-grown cotton as raw material.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the military and all other uniform services and hospitals to patronise the Nigerian Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) industries to grow the economy.
This revelation was made by the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, at a meeting with the country's service chiefs and stakeholders from the CTG sector in Abuja on Thursday, July 11.
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