Nigeria Senate President, Bukola Saraki kick-starts the launch of Made-in-Nigeria Challenge on January 1, 2017 to promote products using at least 70% raw materials sourced locally. This programme is organised to encourage entrepreneurs to start using local content and promote buying of the local products among Nigerians. The programme will support entrepreneurs in form of enabling environment, finance and patronage.
According to the initiator Bukola Saraki, ‘Made-in-Nigeria challenge is to create Legislative instruments that encourages local manufacturers by getting information to ensure ease of doing business. We have received hundreds of Made-in-Nigeria videos on Agriculture value chain, Tech start-up, Boats and Ferries, Leather & Textile etc. Revitalizing value chain of Made-in-Nigeria goods is key. It will create white/blue/pink collar jobs in the agro sector and stimulate the economy’.
This campaign is organised to showcase everyday products that are used by Nigerians and produced by Nigerians locally that serves as an alternative to imported products. The next few weeks, we hope to identify products and ideas that can be matched with investors and Government agencies.
To wrap up the Challenge, in March, we will be inviting some of the finalist to a Made-in-Nigeria Round table at the Senate. This Round table will allow us, Legislators, Government Agencies, Business owners, and everyday Nigerian consumers to review and update the report of NASSBER, the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable, which was held in 2016 to improve the ease of doing business in the country.
As part of Senate’s oversight of Government agencies, we will also use the opportunity to get feedback on the Public Procurement Act passed by Senate in 2016 which mandates Government agencies to give preference to local manufacturers in procurement of goods and services.
How to Participate?
· To participate in the Made-in-Nigeria Challenge;
- Shoot a 45secs – 3mins video showcasing your product or service that is an alternative to an imported goods.
- Upload on any social media page using hash tag #Madeinnigeria or send an email to [email protected]
- Keep in mind that your product must use at least 70% local content that is sourced from within Nigeria.
- Your video has to state; if your business is already registered; the number of employees that you currently have and the intervention you would like to see from the Government in promoting the ease of doing business for MSMEs.
The Made-in-Nigeria Challenge is organised by the office of the Senate President.