– Senate President Bukola Saraki has been championing the made-in-Nigeria initiative as part of government’s effort to boost the manufacturing sector- The Senate president was in Aba, Abia state again where he re-emphasised his passion and promised the traders they would benefit in the government’s procurement contractThe announcement by Senate President Bukola Saraki that traders in the Aba market and entrepreneurs across Nigeria would benefit from N2 trillion government procurement contracts has resulted in excitement among the prospective beneficiaries.Saraki promised to continue to champion the made-in-Nigeria initiativeSaraki made the promise on Monday, March 6, 2017 while declaring open the Made-In-Aba Trade Fair.The Senate president had congratulateda member of the legislative arm of government, Eyinnaya Abaribe, for ensuring the continuation of the event.Daily Post quotes Saraki as saying:“Thededication to continue this initiative, hastaken the Made in Aba Fair from being alocal event, to being a National event of worthy recognition.READ ALSO:President Buhari’s administration will work well if Nigerians are peaceful – Saraki“It is my hope that soon, Made-in-Nigeria, and Made-in-Aba will become internationally recognised and respected.“Many of you will recall, that last year, when I visited this same Trade Fair with my Distinguished Colleagues from the eighth Senate, we promised that the Senate would continue to do everything in our power to ensure that Nigerian businesses and manufacturers begin to enjoy more patronage from the federal government.“This is precisely what we have done with the amendment of the Public Procurement Act, which has passed final reading in the Senate, and is making its way through the House of Representatives.“We are in the process of making it easier for manufacturers and entrepreneurs around the country to benefit from the over N2 trillion in government procurement contracts.“Additionally, my Office has launched the Made-in-Nigeria challenge, which is aimed at showcasing the innovative ideas of Nigerian businesses. Through this challenge, which is still ongoing, we hope to identify goods, services and other products that can be matched withinvestors and government agencies, to further the plight of our homegrown businessmen and women.“Today, as I see the various goods on display, I stand here reassured that ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ can truly and fully drive us towards the path of economic sustainability and prosperity.READ ALSO:Osinbajo advocates for thedevelopment of local industries in Aba“On our part, we in the Nigerian Senate, and the National Assembly as a whole, will continue to do everything within our mandate and powers to ensure that our domestic manufacturers and service providers have the enabling environment that they need to thrive.“Working with the Federal Government, we will push for improved infrastructure,financial investment and technology to boost our domestic manufacturing value chain.“We are partners in this process; we will continue to be partners. I believe in Made in Nigeria, I believe in Made in Aba. The possibilities ahead of us are endless.”
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