Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated again strongly as he called for the patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods, that the Federal Government’s determination is to drive the Nigerian economy with home made products.
The Acting President, Professor Osinbajo who made the pledge at the 2017 National Productivity Day in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory said, "the current economic realities indicate that continued dependence on importation is not sustainable."
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, in his opening remark stressed the importance of the occasion.
He said, "We are here today to celebrate and reward excellence in service by recognising individuals and organisations that have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the nation, and the National Productivity Day is therefore a day we set aside to demonstrate that high productivity is the bedrock of every economy."
"It is time to reflect on ways of energising all sectors of the economy towards our goal of institutionalising productivity consciousness and excellence in service,” the minister added.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals who highlighted the importance of a reward system in encouraging local entrepreneurship saying, "Society can only develop and be productive when our reward systems are robust and effective.
He also said that we can only make progress and be productive when we stop celebrating criminal brigands and start recognising unsung heroes in our society.
Professor Osinbajo however, asked for permission to make a comment on made-in-Nigeria initiative, which has also been recognised in the country.
"As the president said in his 2017 budget speech, we must grow what we eat and we must use what we make; we must patronise made-in-Nigeria products to encourage local production," he said.
The National Productivity Day has been set aside by the Federal Government to promote local production of goods and services, as well as reward indigenous entrepreneurs who are contributing to the growth of the economy.
At the 2017 edition, 15 individuals and five organisations were rewarded by the government for their contributions to Nigeria’s economy.