NOA DG, Garba Abari
Patronise local products, services, NOA advises Nigerians
By Valentine Amanze
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has appealed to Nigerians to prioritize the diversification of nation’s economy by focusing on local production sectors to generate more manpower and boost the country’s revenue.
The Director-General, NOA, Garba Abari, made the appeal at a stakeholders’ interactive forum/exhibition with the theme: “Promoting local production and services to boost National Economic Development.”
At the event, which held in Abuja, Abari assured that NOA would continue to “propagate and promote the spirit of dignity of labour, honesty and commitment to qualitative production, promotion and consumption of home produced commodities and services.”
He pointed out that it was the expectation of the agency that the stakeholders’ engagement would lead to a deliberate shift in the behaviours of Nigerians from idolizing foreign products to valuing and preferring Made-in-Nigeria products.
He called on Nigerians to always patronize locally made products and services.
The NOA organized the programme in line with its mission to reorient, sensitize and mobilize the citizens to act in ways that encourage, promote and support local production and services.
It was designed to provide a platform for discussion and interaction between producers and users in recognition of the worrisome fact that Nigeria has over the decades depended on petroleum for income generation while other high income sectors such as agriculture, solid minerals, manufacturing, arts, and culture have not been given the requisite priority attention.