Akpan Etukudoh Asare
The low level of industrialisation in the country has become a source of worry to the influential lobby group, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).
National president, Engr. Mansur Ahmed who spoke as at the Annual General Meetin/Public Lecture organised by the Akwa Ibom/Cross River State branch or MAN, said that the situation has made the sector to contribute on 10% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He noted that many States including Cross River and Akwa-Ibom can only boast of less than 3% to the GDP as the manufacturing sector contribution.
The MAN boss also wants local government, states, and federal government to make it a law to patronize made in Nigeria goods except where there are no locally manufactured options.
MAN also wants government to encourage the private sector to actively participate in backward integration through provision of affordable credit, extension services and other incentives.
“Effective transport system management should be put in place by providing adequate and reliable infrastructure for roads, rail, air and waterways transport system”
“The empowerment of youth through employment or skills acquisition as the association is willing to partner with government at all levels”
Branch Chairman of Cross River and Akwa-Ib om Giandomenico Massari commended the two states government for focusing on industrialization, building and support for manufacturing outfits in their states.
He also noted their consistent infrastructure upgrade in all parts of their state and high regards for the rule of law among others.