By Ebere Obike
MAN President, Mr. Mansur Ahmed and Ambassador Hassan Adamu in the middle
President Mohammadu Buhari has been called upon to plan a promising future for the nation’s manufacturing industry, by ensuring adequate power supply at industrial areas and completing all ongoing road projects before leaving office.
The President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Mr. Mansur Ahmed made the call at the opening of the three days “Made in Nigeria” exhibition by the association in Lagos.
Welcoming guests including over one hundred exhibitors of “Made in Nigeria products ” the MAN president expressed regret that manufacturers were still operating under a hostile environment , caused mostly by epileptic power supply and bad roads.
While noting that the Federal Government, under President Buhari has carried out several interventions in the manufacturing industry, Chief Ahmed observed that the policies appeared not to have addressed the core challenges facing manufacturers in the country.
He also lamented continued low patronage of Made in Nigeria goods” , urging governments and their functionaries to show example by giving priority to locally manufactured products over foreign alternatives, when making purchases, to move the industry forward
Ahmed noted that the nation’s economy has suffered in the last few years, not because of external forces , but as a result of hostile policies.
He therefore appealed to the federal government to ensure the implementation of of critical policies especially those on Executives Order 005 that encourage Ease of doing business and patronage of locally produced commodities.
Ahmed commended manufacturers for job well done, in enhancing the quality of their products to make them more competitive at the international market.
He however urged them to take advantage of the policies of government as well as opportunities created by the African Continental Free Trade Arrangement, to grow their businesses, while hoping that things change for better soon.
The special guest of honour, former Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hassan Adamu congratulated manufacturers for surviving the COVID 19, as he called for urgent Government Intervention to make the industry less challenging.
Dr. Hassan who expressed worry over the future of manufacturing in the country said urgent action should be taken to address multiple taxation, high exchange rate, scarcity of forex ,among challenges in the industry.
The Wakili of Adamawa called on the governor of the central bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele to give special attention to manufacturers in allocation of forex.
The event was part of activities marking the 50th Annual General Meeting, AGM , of MAN.