The theme “Harnessing Business Opportunities beyond Covid-19 Drawbacks” -‘‘MSMEs; the bedrock for nation building and inclusive recovery’’.
Speaking with OBSERVERSTIMES on advantages of patronizing locally produced goods,The image maker of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) Mr Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed said “the more Nigerians use Made-in-Nigeria products, the more the manufacturers expand in business. When this happens, it leads to job opportunities and growth because the manufacturers will then employ more people due to the potential increase in their production.
“The more manufacturers create wages, and spread money in the economy the more they are likely to generate wealth as a whole, and the richer the country becomes.
“So, to consume what we produce locally from textile to shoe, food and beverages, automotive, remains the best way to enrich our country, and it is the best way to spread wealth in the country and to alleviate poverty,” he said.
Mr Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed however, stressed the need for increased publicity, pointing out that it was critical in increasing awareness to attract patronage.
He noted that some of the products made in Aba can outmatch foreign ones.
“That is why Aba is known as the Japan of Africa and the journey to achieving more has started with the trade fair“ Kaula stated
“Every exhibitor present is good at what he or she does and if properly equipped can lead to the creation of opportunities that will catapult our economy to the top,”
Senator Abaribe, who is the facilitator of the trade fair, stressed that Made-in-Aba goods are receiving global acceptance due to improved qualities and the need to stimulate increased patronage.
He urged SMEDAN to continue to engage the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, toward improving the quality of their products.