Assures support till country fully industrialized
* The Federal Government commended operators in the sector for the production of goods valued at 40 billion USD, and for the employment of seven million Nigerians, for the past 20 years.
* The Chairman, House of Senate Committee on Industries, Senator Saidu Alkali, assures the manufacturers that the National Assembly will always give priority attention to legislation and other interventions which are geared towards enhancing productivity and making the country a fully industrialized nation which we all desired.
*The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) was founded on May 7, 1971, and the founding fathers were Late Chief Adeola Odutola, Chief Jerome Udoji, Late Babatunde Jose, Alhaji Hassan Adamu (Wakili Adamawa), and a host of others.
*The association has over 2,500 active member companies which comprise multinationals, large corporations, small and medium scale industries. These members are serviced through the fourteen (14) branches nationwide; ten sectoral (10) and seventy-six (76)) sub-sectoral groups.
*The activities lined up to mark the 50th Anniversary celebration includes a lecture on industrialization in Africa, A 3-day Exhibition of Made in Nigeria Products, an evening with the Director-General of World Trade Organization (WTO), and the 5th Annual Manufacturers’ Conference, and MAN at 50 Dinner/Award Night.
By Franklin Alli
With over $40 billion manufacturing outputs and the employment of seven million Nigerians, for the past 20 years, the federal government says it will continue to support the manufacturing sector until the country is fully industrialized.
Otunba Niyi Adebayo, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, the Chairman, House of Senate Committee on Industries, Senator Saidu Alkali, including the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, as well as the Minister for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Saliu, gave the assurance during the 50th-anniversary cake-cutting ceremony of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, in Abuja, at the weekend.
They spoke respectively at the event with the theme ‘ Building a Resilient and Competitive Manufacturing Sector.’
The minister of Industry, while noting that Nigeria’s manufacturing sector had actually come a long way, since the establishment of MAN, praises the scale of growth that has been achieved, especially the increase in manufacturing total outputs by over 40 billion US dollars, for the last 20 years, in addition to employing close to seven million Nigerians.
“We have seen amazing growth in the cement sector which has witnessed incredible growth in terms of producing enough capacity for local consumption and for exporting to neighboring countries.
” The outlook for the country’s manufacturing sector is extremely positive. For example, the development of the private sector’s crude oil refineries and various other backward integration projects will ultimately yield significant benefits for the economy, and help to establish Nigeria as one of the top manufacturing economies in Africa.
“I am extremely proud of the role this association plays in ensuring that products manufactured by its members are of the highest standards. It’s my wish and expectations that the next 50 years will bring greater success and prosperity to Nigeria’s manufacturing sector,” he said.
Making our country a fully industrialized nation
Also, the Chairman, House of Senate Committee on Industries, Senator Saidu Alkali, noted that no other sector of the economy is more important than the manufacturing sector in developing the economy by providing quality employment and guaranteeing the payment of sustainable wages which in turns help to reduce poverty.
He urges MAN to redouble its efforts in the tasks of making Nigeria an industrialized nation.
“On our part at the National Assembly, we shall not hesitate to always prioritize legislation and other intervention which are geared towards enhancing productivity, and making our country a fully industrialized nation which we all desired,” he said.
MAN, you have done well
The Minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Shamsudeen Ahmed, also acknowledged that the sector plays a significant role in pulling the country out from trying times, such as the recessions and the COVID -19 pandemic.
Represented by the Director, Technical Planning, Fatima Hayattu, she said: “MAN, you have done well, and the ministry will continue to partner and encourage you in carrying out your duties. We will continue to work closely with MAN to see that manufacturers get all the support and assistance they need to carry out their duties,” she said.
ANNIVERSARY CAKE-CUTTING: From left: Otunba Adeneiyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment; Engr. Mansur Ahmed, MAN Presiden; Muhammad Musa Bello, FCT Minister; Senator Saidu Alkali, Chairman, House of Senate Committee on Industries, during the Cake –Cutting Ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of MAN, in Abuja.
No alternative to local production
On his part, the Minister for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Saliu, noted that it is a fact that the manufacturing sector is the foundation on which national economies are built, historically.
“The industrial revolution of the 18th, 19th, and 20th century in Europe, and America laid the groundwork for the success of those countries.
It is the same thing that can be said of our country, Nigeria, where the manufacturing sector contributes immensely to the rapid growth of the economy in the years immediately, after independence, and for several decades, it is worthy to note that the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria plays a major role in the post-independent years.
“So, there is no alternative to local production and manufacturing in order to ensure that the well-being of our citizens is enhanced,” he said.
He affirmed that the government is determined to make the FCT the manufacturing and industrial hub in Nigeria.
“We will continue to devote a lot of attention towards the development of the existing industrial zones and layouts as contained in the Abuja Master Plan. For instance, the ongoing construction of a number of roads in the satellite towns is intended to ensure the rapid development of Gwagwalada Heavy Duty Industries, and the Kwali industrial zones.
So, I call on manufacturers to take the advantages of the central location of the FCT, which is well connected by air and road, so, you can bring in your investments here,” he said.
Engr. Mansur Ahmed, the President of MAN, noted that the achievements in the sector so far, could not have been possible without the long-standing commitment and immense support of the government, and MAN”s strategic and development partners, both local and international.
Regional, Continental footprints
He disclosed that beyond Nigeria, in West Africa and Africa, MAN has played significant roles in fostering collaboration among manufacturers and advancing the interest and recognition of the private sector.
“We are currently mobilizing the various Manufacturers Associations in West Africa to revive the Federation of West African Manufacturers Association (FEWAMA). This is with the active support of ECOWAS.
“At the same time, in conjunction with the African Union, MAN is leading the formation of the Pan-African Manufacturers Association.
” And in response to the start-up of the AfCFTA, MAN is an active part of a continental Private Sector Movement to bring the African Private under a single Umbrella – The African Business Council where our President has been elected the Vice President of the Council,” he said.
He called on its partners in government, international agencies, organized private sector, members, and other guests to be part of the activities lined up to mark the 50th Anniversary celebration.
Segun Ajayi- Kadir, the Director-General of MAN, thanked everyone for sharing in their joy. ” We thank our development partners – UNIDO, ADF, NEPC, etc; for having made it possible for us to deliver on our mandates, and to be recognized as a leading group among the Organized Private Sector in Nigeria,” he said.