By Fodio Ahmed
According to Steve Harris, “It is what you don’t have that limits you. It is what you have but do not to use”. The Niger State Commissioner of Commerce, Industry and Investment, Hajiya Ramatu Mohammed Yar’adua has revealed that, her desire to patronise made in Niger products doubles that of patronising made in Nigeria products
Yar’adua’s position is as a result of the present reality of economic diversification and revival of home based industries championed by both the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration and that of the amiable Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello which aside creating job opportunities, will also tremendously improve the State’s Internally Generated Revenue as well reduce Youth restiveness.
Her holistic approach and bona fide effort of patronising made in Niger Products stood ground when she hosted some Niger State based firms that are into shoes production, bags, school uniforms, security outfits, sports wears, beads-making to mention but a few at the Niger State Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment in Minna.
Accessing the quality of the products was done in company of the Niger State Director General of SMEs, Farouk Audi, Niger State DG Youth affairs, Alhaji Nma Kolo, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary and other stakeholders.
The Commissioner observed that, for the economy to be salvaged and revamped, Nigerians and Nigerlites must rise to patronise “our home made products because that is the only way of economic stability and profitability” she stressed. And to concretise her ground after accessing the products, she took her time to name the shoes ; Investment shoe, Madam Governor, Lolo Shoe, SME etc. and most importantly bought a pair for 3,000 naira making it the second time after she had bought made-in-enagi morning fresh worth of 5,000 naira during the weekend.
The indigenous firms are Ammaz Wears with values of customer satisfaction and responsibility of quality, located at Suite B6-14 Gidan Matasa off Okada Road, Minna Niger state and can be reached on +2347035500151 has a vision statement that reads “To be the premium manufacturers of qualitative materials in the globe”.
The Nimble Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative NYEDI, located at No. 94 Kutigi rd, behind golden palace hotel, bosso low cost, Niger State. +2348122227217 or +2347037843930 is an organisation that has national outlook with active presence in almost every geo-political zone in the country with major target beneficiaries of Students (from secondary to tertiary), Youths and most importantly, women, with special consideration to widows and physically challenged.
According to NYEDI’s National President, Shehu Bawa Bwari “our vision is honestly to train1million beneficiaries between now and the next few years and we dare to say that we have done quite well with our mandate. As at this moment,we have trained over 30,000 beneficiaries and we have the capacity to do much more” he stressed.