Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has promised that the National Assembly would support Nigerian manufacturers by making policies that encourage more patronage for locally-manufactured products.
The Senate President said this in Abuja on Monday when he visited the Made In Aba Trade Fair in Abuja.
Saraki, while inaugurating the trade fair, said the Senate would amend the Procurement Act in favour of local manufacturers, adding that it would also ensure that military and paramilitary booths were locally sourced.
He said, “I am here because I fully support this project and I commend all the manufacturers of these products, you are pace setters in this country.
“As a country, we have no choice than to give you the full support that you have worked for, that you deserve and you will have.
“I am standing before you this afternoon, along with my colleagues, to give you the assurance that today we open a new chapter for the support of made in Nigeria goods in this country.”
In a Facebook post after the visit, the Senate President, who interacted with traders said he was amazed at the quality of the products.
I had fun today at the ‘Made in Aba’ Trade Fair. It was amazing to see the ingenuity and quality of Nigerian made products,” he said.
“In my remarks, I promised that the National Assembly would work on amending the Procurement Act by changing the word “may” to “shall” to ensure that Nigerian products are given first priority over their foreign counterparts in the procurement process.”