SAN FRANCISCO, March 06, (THEWILL) – The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has harped on the need for Nigeria to fully recognise the Igbo as a people, stressing that the country currently needs the people of the South East geo-political zone of the country more than ever before.
Saraki stated this in Abuja on Monday while declaring open the 4th Made-in-Aba Trade Fair holding in the nation’s capital city and facilitated by the Senator representing Abia South, Enyinnaya
Speaking through the Deputy Senate Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, the Senate President said the ingenuity of the Igbo would have enhanced Nigeria’s production capacity over the years, adding that Nigeria as a country was paying the price for neglecting the creative prowess of the Igbo.
“If there is anything this country needs now, it is the Igbo. Nigeria needs the Igbo’s technological advancement now. We are paying the price of ignoring the creativity of Ndigbo in the past,” he said.
He maintained that the decision of governments over the years to neglect the productive instinct of the Igbo had led to the backward state of the economy, adding that “In God’s wisdom, recession has come to force us to look inwards.”
Saraki, who pledged that the Senate would continue to do everything to promote made in Nigeria goods, disclosed that the upper chamber had taken it upon itself from last year to amend the Procurement Act to ensure that the local manufacturers benefit from the over N2trn government expenditure on procurement.
His words: “With the amendment of the Public Procurement Act, which has passed final reading in the Senate, and is making its way through the House of Representatives, we are in the process of making it easier for manufacturers and entrepreneurs around the country to benefit from the over N2trn in government procurement contracts.
“Through this challenge, which is still ongoing, we hope to identify goods, services and other products that can be matched with investors and government agencies, to further the plight of our homegrown businessmen and women.
“On our part, we in the Nigerian Senate, and the National Assembly as a whole, will continue to do everything within our mandate and power to ensure that our domestic manufacturers and service providers have the enabling environment that they need to thrive. I believe in Made- in-Nigeria, I believe in Made- in-Aba. The possibilities ahead
of us are endless.”