The National Coordinator, Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), Ugochukwu Nnam, has identified that if local content could be given adequate promotion, such effort would guarantee self sufficiency and economic stability in Nigeria.
He stated that production and utilisation of Nigerian made goods and services was capable of eliminating over dependence on importation, urging Nigerians, especially leadership at all levels, to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy on local content.
Speaking to newsmen on need to for local made promotion on Saturday in Abuja, Nnam lamented that over dependence on foreign goods and services was partly responsible for the country’s stunted economic growth.
According to him, the country has time to stand up to promote its homemade goods no matter the challenges and countries such as China achieved economic growth due of its investments in local content.
He commended the just concluded 2018 Science and Technology Expo organised by Ministry of Science and Technology.
The expo with the theme: Fast tracking Sustainable Development of Nigeria through Science and Technology, which, started on March 5, ended on March 9 in Abuja.
“When we appreciate and patronise our home made goods, certainly we are boosting our economy and our exports will increase.
“That will also boost our exchange rate hence the economy is made viable,” he explained.
Also speaking, the Deputy National coordinator of the group, Mr Onyekachi Ebere-Njoku, expressed confidence in the ability of the Buhari-led administration to restructure the economy.
Njoku said that the only way out of the over dependence syndrome was to embrace Nigerian made goods.
He noted that Nigeria had made giant strides under the present administration in local content, especially in agriculture.
“Today we can export millions of bags of rice and tubers of yam indicating that the economy is productive unlike before