Made-In-Nigeria Goods: Abia State Is A Pacesetter – Lai Mohammed


The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has described Abia State as pacesetter in terms of local made goods.

Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Revealing this in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, during a Town Hall meeting, while launching the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign, the Minister said government would achieve diversification of the economy through the promotion of made-in-Nigeria goods.

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According to Lai Mohammed, the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari last year was aimed at “achieving a paradigm shift in the way we do things,” and revealed that there would be a review of the Bureau of Public Procurement Act to promote local goods and services.

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He said; “Boosting industrial development, especially through the local production of goods and services, is a major plank of this policy. Patronising made-in-Nigeria goods and services is also key to the success of the policy.

“In this regard, I can boldly say that Abia State is a pacesetter. Today, the state supplies high-quality boots to our military, and that is just one of such impressive ventures by the state. So, while the state is boosting local production of goods and services, the military is patronising made-in-Nigeria goods. It’s a symbiotic relationship, and there is no better way to give teeth to the economic diversification policy”.

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Meanwhile, the federal government has, also, apologised to the people of South East over the destruction of crops and farmlands by herdsmen in the area and assured that permanent solution is being worked out to stop the menace.

Apologizing, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh said he was a victim of herdsmen when they invaded and destroyed his farm crops .

He said; “I sincerely apologise to those whose crops were destroyed by the herdsmen. I was a victim. They had invaded my farm and destroyed crops; but, please, nobody is happy about their activities.

“We are working hard to stop them. They have no right to carry AK 47. The army or police cannot follow the herdsmen around, but the government is doing everything to find a lasting solution and, may be, in a  few months you will see the result.”


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