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Ambode seeks patronage of made-in-Nigeria

 

The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has advised Nigerians to patronise goods made in the country to create more jobs and develop the economy.

Speaking during the inauguration of the furniture factory, “The Home and You” built by Mrs. Feyisola Abiru, in Ikorodu, Ambode  said the factory would produce industrial made-in-Nigeria furniture that can compete globally for both corporate and home use within and outside the country.  He said it is only through this means that the local economy could be developed.

Represented by Rotimi Ogunleye and Mrs. Olayinka Oladunayo, commissioners  for Physical Planning and Commerce & Industry respectively, the governor commended Mrs Abiru for citing the factory at Ibeshe, a suburb of Ikorodu.

“This is the first furniture company of its kind in the Ikorodu axis and a clear indication that the efforts of Lagos Sate government to provide security and infrastructure is beginning to yield positive fruits,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Mrs. Abiru, identified, “passion and an undying crave for success had been the reason I was able to whether the storms in the early days of the 21 year old business.”

She commended the Bank of Industry (BoI), in the realisation of the noble dream which today has become one of the major economic drivers in the state and Nigeria as a whole.

 

“But for the support from BoI, we won’t be here today. They gave us the first facility in 2006 to get us running. We acquired world class machines from Italy, when we needed to improve on our quality and expand the capacity of the business, we approached them again for another facility which was granted in 2017,” she said.

On his part, Olusegun Osunkeye, the pioneer chairman of the company, described the ‘Home and You’ as a great edifice, noting that  Nigeria would benefit from the establishment of the ultra-modern furniture factory as it would create employment and boost the local content policy of the government.  “They will use local wood to produce first class furniture, so it will create employment and because it is profitable, government will get its taxes, and impact skills on the surrounding. So, it is a factory that will bring many benefits to its immediate surroundings, Lagos state and ultimately to the country at large,” he said.

At the current rate of population growth, more than 500 million Africans are projected to live in cities by 2030. This growth as well as favourable government policies in some African countries is believed to  favour the furniture businessas this is anticipated to increase the demand for real estate; residential accommodation, office space, hotels and schools.

NIPR Conference to Re-orientates Participants on Made in Nigeria

 

 

 

 

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), has announced that the fifth Lagos Public Relations Stakeholders’ Conference will address the communications and reputation challenges of made in Nigeria goods.

 

The Lagos Public Relations Stakeholders’ Conference is a bridge-building initiative to interact and proffer solutions to the social, political and economic challenges plaguing our nation.

 

This edition, themed: Addressing Communication and Reputation Challenges of Made in Nigeria, will feature distinguished speakers including the; President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, presenting on the topic: Adopting Legislation to Promote and Protect ‘Made in Nigeria’, while the Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo will present a paper entitled: Government Position on the Challenge facing Made in Nigeria. The Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, is the Chief Host.

 

The Conference will engage key stakeholders, including decision makers in government, state, regulators, corporate organisations, manufacturers, major chambers of commerce and industries in Nigeria, the media and communication practitioners for better perspectives and strategies to address the communication & reputation challenges facing Made in Nigeria.

 

Speaking on the conference, the Chairman, Lagos NIPR, Mr. Olusegun McMedal explained that, “The overdependence on importation has had a serious adverse effect on our economy, and it has also affected the GDP of the nation. This edition of the conference is to set the stage to engage stakeholders to discuss and aggregate collective intelligence to change the negative narratives plaguing made in Nigeria, and develop a new framework using communication as the core to boost positive perception