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The National Union of Pensioners (NUP), Federal Civil Service Pensioners Branch (FCSP), on Monday in Lagos, advised the Federal Government to embark on the training of entrepreneurs for mass production to end recession.
The Union’s Chairman, Mr. Waheed Sanni, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that volume-driven production was needed to bridge the gap between demand and supply of made-in-Nigeria products.
‘My advice to government on the economy is that it should increase its strides to revive the agricultural sector in Nigeria.
‘It is important to focus on what Nigerians need like food, shoes, clothing and other daily needs.
‘Some of the made-in-Nigeria goods are not enough; government should train people in industrial manufacturing, and drive for volumes.
‘If we train 500,000 people to produce shoes daily, train others on garment production and other areas, we would not need to import any of these items again.
‘There should be processing plants for our agricultural produce.
‘Nigeria has no business importing stoves, hospital beds, children cloth hangers when we have welders we can train in industrial production of these things,’ Sanni said.
He urged government to tackle the impediments of insurgency and militancy, which had affected power supply to industries.
‘Nigerians should be proactive to suggest good things that will make our country grow, instead of fighting to bring it down,” the chairman said.
Sanni urged government to inject more funds into the manufacturing industry and to give soft loans to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to increase production needed to grow the economy.
He urged the government to monitor the entire value chain of production, such that the garment industry, for example, could get enough textile materials produced from cotton grown by Nigerian farmers.
The unionist said that government also needed to monitor the entire process from the farm through processing, branding and to later explore the export potential of locally manufactured goods.
‘The most important thing is training. If we can produce, we will also need a vibrant merchant class to market our products.
‘We need training for production, packaging, marketing and everything needed to drive volume,” he said.
Sanni advised government to invoke existing laws to ensure compliance with trade regulations that would grow the economy and review obsolete laws that hindered economic growth.
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