[Abia]–Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has assured that traders in the popular Aba market as well as other manufacturers and entrepreneurs across the country will benefit from N2 trillion government procurement contracts.
Saraki, who made this statement while declaring open the Made in Aba Trade Fair, said that the dedication to continue this initiative, has taken the Made in Aba Fair from being a local event, to being a National event of worthy recognition”, adding that he believes that Made in Nigeria, and Made in Aba, will soon become internationally recognized brands.
Saraki, while recalling the promise of the 8th Senate during the previous year’s trade fair, to continue to do everything in their power to ensure that Nigerian businesses and manufacturers enjoy more patronage from the Federal Government, said that they have fulfilled their promises, as the amendment of the Public Procurement Act, which has passed final reading in the Senate, and is presently making its way through the House of Representatives.
He said, “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 with investors 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.
“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”.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg