Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau has advocated buying Made-in-Nigeria goods as one of the security measures capable of deepening the fight against terrorism and sundry criminalities in the country.
Dambazau made the remark in Abuja while playing host to a delegation of “Buy Naija Promoters”, led by the Minister of State Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar.
The Press Secretary to the Minister, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ehisienmen quoted the interior minister as reiterating the need for defence and security institutions to buy uniforms, accoutrements and other operational materials manufactured in the country in order to encourage local entrepreneurship.
He noted the existence of credible industrial establishments in the country with expertise in the manufacturing of security uniforms and hardware.
“No nation can advance its defence and security infrastructure without building indigenous competency in related industrial base,” Dambazau said.
He said that the dwindling commodity prices globally had made it more expedient for a growing nation such as Nigeria to be self-reliant in providing basic logistics for its security personnel.
He reassured of his willingness to encourage the security agencies under the Ministry of Interior to patronise Made-in-Nigeria products in order to derive more value for money and boost the nation’s economy.
The minister said that the ministry and its agencies would key into the Federal Government’s Executive Order No 003 on Patronising Made-in-Nigeria Products, with it attendant benefits of boosting economic growth.
The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, stressed the need for Nigerians to patronise Made-in-Nigeria goods.
Abubakar said that the increased patronage of Made-in-Nigeria products by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) would make significant impact on the growth of Nigeria’s production capacity.