Nigerians urged to patronize locally made goods


Okechukwu Enelamah, Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
By Sunny A. Ijomah
The World Standards Day is celebrated internationally each year on October 14 as the citizenry have been advised to always patronize Made in Nigeria products.
The day honors the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organizations such as, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The day also aims to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of Standardization to the global economy.
Around the globe, various activities are chosen by national bodies to commemorate the date.
Speaking on the dangers of substandard or expired tyres, the Anambra State Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Sunday Ajayi, said expired tyres can cause injuries and even deaths as well as damages to road infrastructure, admonishing consumers and motorists to desist from buying fairly used products as most of them are already close to their expiration date.
He advised road users to constantly maintain their vehicles and keep them in good shape before plying the road to avoid road crash.
A Pharmacist, Mr. Mark Nwangwu who said, they source drugs directly from manufacturers or major distributors noted that the sale of fake and counterfeit drugs should be avoided for humanity sake.
Speaking to newsmen in Awka, an Industrialist, Chief Godwin Okafor who said that goods manufactured in Nigeria, are of better quality than the imported ones, maintained that the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of the country will improve tremendously, if the citizenry resort to patronizing made in Nigeria products.
Chief Okafor who is a community leader in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area, urged Nigerians to always take pride in Made in Nigeria products.
Contributing, the Traditional ruler of Atani in Ogbaru Local Government area, Igwe Augustine Azuka Ngoddy who encouraged Nigerians to always patronize Made in Nigeria products in order to stimulate the growth of indigenous firms, used the opportunity to call on the federal government to improve electricity supply, to ensure speedy industrialization of the nation.

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