President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to accept locally produced food as their new reality.
The President said this on Friday, at the opening of the 2019 edition of the Lagos International Trade Fair.
In his keynote address, President Buhari Represented by Mariam Katagum, minister of state for industry, trade, and investment, said his administration is committed to its mandate of providing assistance that would guarantee the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
“Let me begin by commending the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the organisers of the fair for this vision and sustain efforts in putting together this annual event which draws participants from both within and outside the country,” he said.
“I must also commend the efforts of the Lagos state government for providing a conducive atmosphere and support for hosting the event.
“Trade fairs of this nature are vital economic tools for the realisation of my government’s economic agenda for the industrial upgrade and economic development of the country.
“The task to transform Nigeria into an industrial giant could not be achieved without the needed collaboration with the private sector to ensure an inclusive and sustainable path toward growth, job creation and economic development.
“To this end, I want to use this opportunity to reiterate my call for Nigerians to patronise Made-in-Nigeria products and services.
“We must accept our new reality of promoting locally-made products, as it is evident that this is where our new Nigeria will be realised.
“That is why I have constantly emphasised that we must be a nation where we grow what we eat and consume what we produce.”
The President, however, stressed that the non-availability of white-collar jobs had made it imperative for Nigerian youths to embrace entrepreneurship development which would make them become economically empowered.