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ENCOURAGING MORE LOCAL INVESTMENTS – GO FOR NIGERIAN PRODUCTS & SERVICES

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”USE NIGERIAN; BUY NIGERIAN” — PMB  – Photograph above is that of Michelle Obama.   She relishes wearing Adire (tie and dye)  dresses – a Nigerian textile — a resist-dyed cloth that has its origin in Abeokuta, Ogun State.  It is evident that home-grown solutions have to be adopted in evolving practical solutions that can address the innumerable issues plaguing Africa today.   That assertion was made not too long ago by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in far away Congo at the commissioning of the US$300 million Aliko Dangote’s Congo cement plant sometime last year. Two issues raced through my mind when the news of this event was brought to my attention. The first is Nigeria’s potential, market, and huge human and material resources, as well as the legacies of resilience, irrepressible commitment to the pursuit of chosen goals by the ordinary Nigerian, and our ability to navigate difficult terrains of life. It wasn’t really the fact that the new plant that cost US$300m with a capacity to create about 1,000 jobs that fascinated me. What thrilled me was the fact that Nigerians appear to be a special breed of strong-minded adventurous people, who in the near future could conquer the world, if we all – Nigerians – conduct our affairs properly.  As at then, Dangote Cement had presence and projects in 15 other African countries, with capacity to produce 14 million tonnes of cement per annum and anticipated expansion to produce additional 11.1 million tonnes per annum. INTEGRATION IN AFRICA: This forms part of African Union’s integration agenda that aims at promoting trade within Africa by African nations. Aliko Dangote is an extremely humble and focused personality with a strong passion for the development of Africa and the Black race. His involvement in total upgrading of The Africa Center, Harlem, New York speaks eloquently about his craving for the good of the Black race. Every well-meaning Nigerian should be proud of how some Nigerian businesses are being replicated in different parts of the world.  President Muhammadu Buhari’s commendation was relayed at the Congo event through the then Solid Minerals Minister, Kayode Fayemi: ‘’Dangote is championing Africa’s economic renaissance’’ and ‘’It is only home-grown practical solutions that can address the innumerable issues plaguing Africa today; and one of such challenges that Africa has been grappling with for decades is the infrastructure deficit.’’ And it is not only Dangote. There is renewed cultural awareness in Nigeria…

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