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FG mulls amendment of BPP Act to enforce buying ‘Made in Nigeria’ products

The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has announced that plans are on by the government to amend the Act establishing the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) in order to enforce the buying of Nigerian products, saying the move will both in long and short runs boost industrialization.

Explaining issue during a town hall meeting, our correspondent reports that Mohammed argued thus: “Talking about Made-in-Nigeria products, let me use this important national platform to announce that the Federal Executive Council has already approved measures to sensitise Nigerians to patronise such products”.

“These measures include the approval given to the Bureau of Public Procurement to increase the patronage of Made-in-Nigeria good and services through a review of its Act.”

He said the Act, when amended would boost recovery of ailing manufacturing concerns and new companies as the new move will try to make the country self-sustaining in several products except those we are yet to dive into as a nation.

He argued further that “Patronising Made-in-Nigeria goods and services is also key to the success of the policy. In this regard, I can boldly say that Abia State is a pacesetter. Today, the state supplies high-quality military boots to our military and that is just one of such impressive ventures by the state.

“So, while the state is boosting local production of goods and services, the military is patronising Made-in-Nigeria goods. It’s a symbiotic relationship, and there is no better way to give teeth to the economic diversification policy.”