FG set to launch 'Made in Nigeria' e-portal

Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, the minister of industry, trade and investment, said the ministry was committed to delivering the portal in six weeks to help expose locally produced goods globally.

Okechukwu Enelamah

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has unveiled the nation’s e-commerce portal, as part of efforts to make Nigerian products globally available, media reports say.

Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, the minister of industry, trade and investment, said the ministry was committed to delivering the portal in six weeks to help expose locally produced goods globally.

Speaking at a meeting with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and other stakeholders in Lagos, last week, Enelamah said the ministry decided to launch the portal to showcase the rich and competitive products manufactured locally and to give teeth to the campaign on ‘buy Naija, create jobs’ moniker.

Another reason for the portal, Enelamah said, was to make locally manufactured goods available to Nigerians when they need it, regardless of their location.

“When we patronise imported products in place of locally produced materials we inadvertently export jobs and import unemployment and poverty,” said Enelamah.

According to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, the minister said that is the only way the nation can discourage Nigerians’ penchant for foreign goods, achieve competitiveness on locally manufactured goods and ensure employment generation.

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